Commentary: the Linux Foundation and the future of Linux
Posted by: Anonymous
on April 15, 2008 12:16 AM
"Asus alone, plans to sell 5 million Eee PCs in 2008 - now add everybody else and his dog that is building Linux desktops and laptops. So where is this nonsense about Linux not being a desktop success coming from?"
I agree with you my friend. It's already happening. Most market share statistics underestimate Linux as there is no reliable way to count the users. And even so, 1% or even 0.5% gain every year is *significant*. It all adds up. The long-term direction of the trend tells you more than the size of it. Desktop environments like Gnome and KDE plod steadfastly onwards and by the way it is these projects that are vitally important to the future of Linux and open source on the desktop. Sure, the kernel is amazing but it has been better than the windows kernel for a long time. Smaller community projects like Gnome, KDE, Amarok, Pulse Audio and distrobutions such as Ubuntu that combine them in a meaningful way are what will determine the future of Linux on the desktop.