I'm not sure I fully understand what you are saying -- perhaps you could elaborate a little bit?
The key point is bound in one word: meme.
As an aetiologist, it has plagued me for half-a century.
The strange and awful belief structures that appear out of the common psyche.
Buddhism is a great example. A strange belief system with no traditional origin structure, which has been massively adopted without rhyme or reason in diverse cultures.
It has close ties aetiologically to the Linux world, but is far less emotionally charged.
(A strange paradox in the business of Religions.)
Buddhism has no real-world structure of capitalisation at all. Thus, the money made in its structure is highly localised and inefficient.
It does excuse itself by claiming to be "unworldly", but in fact because it has no foundational/organised structure, despite its quite vast numbers, it has had no effect for 400 years. It is still broke, thus powerless in real affairs.
Thus, strange and bizarre belief systems prevail in totality, thanks to their unified front against such a would-be usurper.
Despite even less credible bases, and dangerously violent memes that you are with them or dead, they prevail.
By simple substitution: Buddhism = Linux/O.S. and Microsoft et al = Commercial Software.
My point as always, is: it doesn't have to be this way.
But any change has to be sideways...... :-}