when will free software be ready for the mainstream?

just got asked about the gimp by a college lecturer who’s using it for all her work. it turns out that people might just be waiting for macromedia/adobe to port their products to free software operating systems like GNU/Linux. Don’t wait for this, instead seek out alternative free (as in freedom) products to do similar jobs. inkscape rocks, in fact i’ve never felt so creative in an app, even under OS X. in the future, as free apps become more mainstream, we’ll see more free software in education.