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    Intel: The year of the Linux desktop is here


    New Orleans: The Sept. 18 LinuxCon keynote sessions were kicked off by Intel CTO and Linux kernel developer Dirk Hohndel who said that client computing today is mostly Linux. Thanks to Android on smartphones and tablets, plus the rise of Chromebooks, Intel sees Linux as the leading end-user operating system.

    Hohndel admitted that "in 1999 he was the first to predict the 'Year of the Linux desktop.' Predictions are hard," he continued wryly, "especially about the future. But if I changed it from the year of Linux desktop and changed it to a decade and a half from now client computing will be mostly Linux, which has happened."
    Intel is singing a different tune from when the company, thanks to its close Microsoft partnership known as Wintel. Hohndel was simply saying what Goldman Sachs and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have already reported: Windows has declined while Linux has rose.
    As Goldman Sach stated in December 2012, "It took a computer revolution to unseat Microsoft from its dominant market position." It was not that Linux-based Android or Apple ever managed to knock Windows off its desktop throne. They haven't. It was the smartphone and tablet rebellion which has unseated the desktop. "Fundamentally, Microsoft’s business was disrupted by other vendors who successfully introduced compelling new device categories" But "thus far, Microsoft has failed to establish a meaningful foothold in [these new] key growth categories."
    Intel: The year of the Linux desktop is here | ZDNet

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    No it is not, and we all know that it is not going to happen. . .wishful thanking only. . .
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    I think you guys are missing the point. The article is not claiming that Linux will overtake Windows this year as the dominant desktop OS, it's saying that use of Linux as a desktop OS has grown while Windows has declined which is significant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I think you guys are missing the point. The article is not claiming that Linux will overtake Windows this year as the dominant desktop OS, it's saying that use of Linux as a desktop OS has grown while Windows has declined which is significant.
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    Scenario:

    A couple is browsing a B&M store (or online) for a new device. One says to the other "Oh here's one with our familiar Windows. I have no idea what that Linux is?!! Sounds more like a vacuum cleaner."

    IT Professionals and geeks may know what it is, but the general public will never go for it. That's not to say its not a bad system. I think that's just the way it is and going to remain, especially now that they're buying more mobile devices.

    And, geez, we're seeing how difficult it is for MS to infiltrate this market let alone Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Scenario:

    A couple is browsing a B&M store (or online) for a new device. One says to the other "Oh here's one with our familiar Windows. I have no idea what that Linux is?!! Sounds more like a vacuum cleaner."

    IT Professionals and geeks may know what it is, but the general public will never go for it. That's not to say its not a bad system. I think that's just the way it is and going to remain, especially now that they're buying more mobile devices.

    And, geez, we're seeing how difficult it is for MS to infiltrate this market let alone Linux.
    Totally agree, I enjoy Linux but until it really has the features I want I just don't see it on any of my PC's. But hopefully the future is great for Linux, it being free opens up possibilities.
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