Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Every year is the year of the Linux desktop

It seems that every year someone is claiming that this year is going to be the year of the Linux desktop. This statement is pretty broad but usually what they mean is that Linux will gain a huge user base in one year. So far most of these predictions have been wrong. Linux is a great operating system and it is used by more than 1% of the dekstop computer users. In reality, every year is the year of the Linux desktop. Linux adoption will come gradually and not happen in one particular year. As people look for alternatives to Windows or Mac OS, Linux adoption will rise. The sad truth is that even today if you ask majority of people about Linux, they have no idea what it is or how to get it. The average computer user does not even care if they use Mac OS, Windows or Linux. As long as everything works they are content. These people have no clue what is open source or what is proprietary software. However, slowly people are getting fed up with Windows for whatever reasons and are exploring alternatives. Mac OS has become popular but even Linux is gaining market share. Linux has become user friendly and anyone who uses Mac OS or Windows will not have a huge problem adopting to Linux. Obviously, some Linux distributions are much better than others for newcomers. There never will be a particular year of the Linux desktop because this change will come slowly. Each time someone installs Linux on their computer the market share will slightly increase. The adoption of Linux will be a step by step process that will take several years. The most important thing is not when will Linux become popular but that the Linux project is working, maturing and growing. Linux has come a long way in the last several years and will continue to be even more prominent on the desktop as the years progress. The Linux desktop market share will quietly creep up on Windows and Mac OS and be unoticed by the majority. Until one day we will look at the statistics and ask ourselves when did this happen?

1 comment:

  1. Well yes and no. As a Linux user I'm really torn. I'm all for great things for Linux. But to see it reach levels of the major proprietary OS's. Uh uh. We're already seeing the reaction of the Linux users to Canonicals flawed move to the tablet/smartphone. And still the hardware issues are yet to be resolved..