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The consistent failure of Linux to grab even 1% of the desktop OS market

TuxLinux has been around for almost two decades now. It has become a resounding success as a server OS (for example as the L in the famous LAMP stack), and more recently as a mobile OS (Android). But what about on the desktop?

Linux enthusiasts have been predicting the rise of Linux as a desktop OS for the better part of a decade. To name just one of many examples, in 2003, Siemens Business Systems predicted that Linux would have captured 20% of the desktop market by 2008.

Well, it’s now 2010, and desktop Linux isn’t even close to 20%. Or one tenth of that.

Linux desktop OS market share

The sad truth is, Linux on the desktop has so far failed to really take off. Linux hasn’t even been able to claim a single percent of the desktop OS market.

Here is the current desktop OS market share distribution, courtesy of StatCounter:

Desktop OS market share

As of July 2010 Linux had less than one percent of the desktop OS market. Perhaps this is a temporary low?

Unfortunately not. Here below you can see the last two years of Linux’s desktop OS market share. Things haven’t been moving much.

Linux desktop OS market share

We should point out that there will be slight variations in the estimated market share depending on the source and the method used for acquiring the data. Other sources than StatCounter will show slightly different market share data, but it’s always around one percent. The important point here is that the market share is tiny, and isn’t really going anywhere.

What about Ubuntu?

Ubuntu’s rise to fame since its launch in 2004 has been remarkable. It has become the largest Linux desktop OS distribution by far, but the question is, why hasn’t it been even more successful?

Even with the relative success of Ubuntu, it looks like it may have mostly cannibalized the market share of other Linux distributions instead of bringing new people to Linux.

What can be done to grow Linux on the desktop?

Here are some things that we think could be done to make Linux more popular on the desktop. This would demand the support of a more or less unified Linux community, so it might be unfeasible, but one can dream, right?

  • Center around one Linux desktop distribution.
  • Center around one GUI.
  • Polish the product (yes, you have to think of it as a product) until it shines, and make sure there are plenty of polished apps to go with it.
  • Be fanatical about consistency and usability.
  • And this may be the hardest one of all: Don’t build for Linux’s current hardcore audience of tech geeks. If the goal is to bring in new users, that approach is a big no-no since it will alienate the vast majority of the population.

Then of course there’s the marketing aspect of it, branding, building mind share, and getting manufacturers to include Linux as a viable option on their computers.

Final words

Some of the charm of Linux is that it is so flexible, and that you have so many choices available to you, but this can also be a curse when it comes to mainstream adoption. Although Linux on the desktop is a far better experience these days than it used to be, it hasn’t been able to catch up with the other OSs out there that provide a more unified front to the end user.

Linux is not in any danger of going away, so it’s quite possible that all of this doesn’t matter. Plenty of users are huge fans of the OS. Several people here at Pingdom use and are quite happy with Linux (primarily Ubuntu). Perhaps Linux will just continue to be a small niche desktop OS. There’s nothing wrong with that, not everything has to go mainstream.

(And in the meantime, people will continue to predict the rise of Linux on the desktop.)

About the stats: The OS market share data from StatCounter is based on visitor stats from more than three million websites.



84 comments
jeremyweewee60
jeremyweewee60

Linux will most likely take over the PC gaming market i think it will with SteamOS around the corner Linux will win linux is the future i said this for a long time it will happen once we get more applications for linux i try send to the developers to make linux versions of some softwares and most of them have (its almost like i work at the liux foundation getting people to make and promote linux software0

for example at the moment i am trying to get piriform to make a ccleaner version for linux and some other ones...

thelynx
thelynx

i will tell you why Linux is

thelynx
thelynx

i will tell you why Linux is

bulletrulz
bulletrulz

lol i gave to say this so Much those statics are wrong linux has about 2% more then mac

bulletrulz
bulletrulz

lol i gave to say this so Much those statics are wrong linux has about 2% more then mac

eleusis
eleusis

Just a thought: more and more applications are migrating to the web. Soon, Google will release a lightweight operating system that will act as a gateway to Google's online products. In 10 years, operating systems make become obsolete, or nearly obsolete, existing merely as thin bits of firmware that connect your device to the cloud (many people even expect games to be played through browsers in the future, which will solve the problem of "no games on Linux"). So "desktop Linux" won't matter, and neither will Windows. Server operating systems will be everyone's operating systems, and that's where Linux is already thriving.

Pashupati
Pashupati

"What can be done to grow Linux on the desktop?" Just an idea: kill the stupids who say it's only for programmers (and unuseful/unusable for non-programmers), even when talking to a non-programmer GNU/Linux-user. Better yet: torture, then kill them. Will be great fun!

frank
frank

A computer should be viewed as an appliance, like a refrigerator. You get it from store, plug in and turn it on. You do not want to know how it works. When it goes wrong, you have it serviced and if you are out of warranty, you throw it away and get another one. People do not even bother to change their oil any more. Why would anyone want to install an OS? A notebook costs you no more than $300-400, and the OS costs no more than $30 (check price difference between identical computer with windows and Linux). It is a cheap commodity, Linux or windos matters little here.

Fredrik
Fredrik

I've been using Linux on and off since 1998 when I installed Red Hat for the first time. Ever since I've been amazed over how things are better than Windows and how cynic the Linux community are. The complete failure on desktop OS is a result in it's own strenght: choices! Sometimes people and developers does not want to choose desktop, drivers etc. What they want is a system that works! Windows is not the best but it works for the task. The biggest failure is to get serious software developers interested. If Linux shall compete with Windows and OS X it's not enough to be "equally good", it has to be better! The best Linux software today such as Gimp, OpenOffice, NetBeans etc can be run in Windows just as good or better. The opposite is not possible so therefore the choice is easy. I have a lot of bad things to say about Windows but also good things. The best is the huge software library that supports the platform and that is Linux biggest problem.

Mike
Mike

@Johnsie, for the mail part you don't see thunderbird as a proper equivalent to outlook ? Web browser and mail client were the easiest to change when i moved to linux. I agree with @Racoon, though...

Mr. Amiga
Mr. Amiga

"And this may be the hardest one of all: Don’t build for Linux’s current hardcore audience of tech geeks. If the goal is to bring in new users, that approach is a big no-no since it will alienate the vast majority of the population" 1. If you want more people to use Linux, than advertise it. 2. You don't need to dumb things down cause some PC illiterate doesn't like it, they can use a mac. 3. Linux is a practical OS that does not need stupid shit in lieu of a great interface. If its too hard for you than learn to break through the learning curve.

Johnsie
Johnsie

oh and a proper outlook equivalent would help

Johnsie
Johnsie

Bottom line is that it needs to be taught in schools and colleges for people to feel 'comfortable' with it. Making it shiny isn't what's needed.

Racoon
Racoon

from what I know, the main problem with Linux is the lack of office tools like Mi$soft Office. I showed to alot of people the Linux interface, and it's features, but when the question was asked:"How obut the Office equivalent?" and they saw the "sad" Open Office the answer was "I'll stick with Windows for now." You have to admit that a regular user uses 80% of his time the Office Pack and in the rest some workplace software. I think this is the first place where Linux should be improved. It the Open Office will look like the Gnome interface the adoption figures will look very different.

Dazz
Dazz

I find it interestingthat there is an estimated 10 million desktop Linux users worldwide, so on deciding which Operating system I was going to concentrate on programming for I thought yeah, thats not bad, then I see that Windows is closer to 2 billion! Hmm, 2 billion!?! Wow! I think that Windows is definately my platform of choice. More users equates to more money to be made. More money equates to a good standard of living for a lowly C Programmer such as myself. And yep, I've hacked the Linux Kernal, contributed code fixes, and done so good there. But no money was to be made in Linux development, and most of the work was server side, not desktop apps, whereas with Windows I'm doing what I love, creating desktop applications and contributing code etc to games, office apps, etc. So, its Windows for me, and bye bye to Linux. Truly though, Linux has had 20 years to get its act together, it should have reached at least 20% as an expert stated, yet it failed to achieve even that. Its just an OS good for servers and the desktop side is ok as a hobby os that hardly anyone uses apart from diehards who fail to see the light.

Valéry
Valéry

Two words : no games. Tried all solutions to make them run, I guess (and most users will not try the hacks required) : most fail to work properly. Back to Windows.

Mike
Mike

People won't easily change their way. No games on Linux. No "big" application port to Linux (don't talk to me about "we have something that do the same", this is not the point). This is the conclusion i have after "probing" and testing family and friends (even coworkers). I would probably even reduce all that to one reason (sadly): people don't see why they should change theirs habits (and operating system... well most of them don't even know what this is anyway). This is not that i don't agree with you (i do), but i'm quite sure even shiny, brilliant et polished linux won't even be regarded as something possible for at least 70% of people until it is a clone of what they daily use (just look at XP vs seven... well vista was a big flop, but i'm sure this is related to my point too).

The Wine Curmudgeon
The Wine Curmudgeon

The arrogance of too many Linux users is mind boggling. I switched from Windows about 18 months ago, did a dual boot for a while, and now run Xubuntu only (and UNE on my Asus). Both are great OSes, and I would never go back (and it wasn't easy to switch, since I'm a freelance writer and need something like Quicken and Windows Live Writer, which really don't have Linux equivalents). If nothing else, I don't have to reboot anymore. In fact, I'm the kind of computer user that Linux needs to get if it will ever make any inroads on the desktop. But to hear the Linux fan boys talk, I'm a sellout. Xubuntu is bloated and UNE is too slick. I need to run Slackware from the command line, or I'm a weeny. This is ridiculous, and the Linux cause will never be advanced as long as people think that way. How shallow and selfish is that approach? It's as bad as the Mac and Windows people, frankly. If a product is better, the last thing you should want to do is keep it a secret.

ShaineT
ShaineT

Number of households with desktop PCs by 2014 estimated to be 2 billion. 1% of 2 billion = 20 million. 20 million linux machines is a niche market?

davecs
davecs

I use PCLinuxOS. It's quicker to install than Windows, does everything I need it to do (but then I'm not a gamer), and runs FAST on a 4-year old machine. It didn't cost me anything. My printer works, scanner works. No problems connecting music players. No problems connecting external storage. Some problems connecting mobile phones but not insurmountable. No driver disks required, all hardware detected. Stable. No virus worries. Internet connection good. I set up a dual boot on my Samsung NC10 netbook with Windows XP, couple of tweaks to get the brightness up/down buttons working, everything else out of the box. Shared the tweaks on the PCLinuxOS forum 'coz that's what us Linux guys do. I'm always hearing of problems with Windows. People throw computers away when a re-install might remove viruses/other stuff that slows it down to a crawl. Linux share less than 1%? I don't care, frankly. It's certainly greater than 1% among the people I know - because they see how good it is and let me install it for them - and never return with problems. It's there for those that want it. As for everyone else, well that's their problem.

aubi
aubi

The linked website is down, so I don't know, how the statistics was done. The reason for low usage of Linux (as I see it) is mainly the rigid environment of big companies and pre-installed computers. In my country (central Europe), I cannot buy laptop without windoze. So at the end I have 3 Linuxes, but they count as (are sold with) windoze. Such statistics are useless. Fortunately, youngsters have today very broad experience with Linux (Mac is uncommon here), roughly tens percents prefer it.

Ryo
Ryo

These numbers are plain WRONG. As showed even on a Microsoft presentation, Linux already has a bigger desktop market share than OS X. Don't trust any statistic you didn't made yourself :)

Homer
Homer

The title of this article says how biased you are: "The consistent failure of Linux". You could have equally have said "The consistent growth of Linux"... Even though it may not be a market share giant it's year on year growth has been increasing rapidly.

Simon
Simon

"if possibly at no risk, and minimal effort" Oh god.. What hope does Linux have with people thinking like that. No effort. It's an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT computing model. No effort... Read http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm and to the guy up there that said Printers aren't as compatible with Linux as with OSX? Do you know where cups came from? (Common Unix Printing System). The printing system used in Mac OSX and Linux...

Bob Hazard
Bob Hazard

Yeah but it's the top two percent. The cream of the crop. :)

Aerozol
Aerozol

Haha, these comments were not written by marketers... That is all I need to say, and also applies to how linux is perceived, and will continue to be perceived until someone takes the reigns somewhere and gives Linux an image that spells 'usability for all' as opposed to 'linux, yeah I heard of it, you run servers off it? I've wanted to install it but I don't have the time, and it wont do anything for me, and I don't know how. oh well.' There needs to be a big shift in perception, but also an opportunity to take the leap, if possibly at no risk, and minimal effort.

Adam Williamson
Adam Williamson

Paul Cobbaut: w3schools gives a Linux number consistently higher than all other surveys. The generally accepted explanation is that the audience of w3schools is significantly skewed in a geekwards direction. Wikipedia keeps a survey-of-surveys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems you can see that w3schools is definitely at the high end. The Wikimedia numbers may be interesting to some commenters: is the hidden, huge group of Linux users not visiting Wikipedia? Do students not use Wikipedia?

Andrey
Andrey

Linux is neither a product nor a company. It is a product of a complex network of interests and relationships. The most likely result of any drastic change, be it proposed to help Linux to gain more market share or not, is the total elimination of Linux through destruction of its ecosystem. The right way to make the Linux desktop share larger is to change people, not Linux. I guess the recent success of tablets will increase the Linux desktop share since pure content consumers will use tablets and free the desktop of their presence.

Pingdom
Pingdom

Wow... A ton of interesting feedback. Thank you everyone for your comments, opinions and thoughts. A couple of the commenters seem think we are "pro MS" for some reason. The truth is, though, that we tried to approach the article from a neutral perspective. (Here in our office we run a mix of Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.)

Adam Williamson
Adam Williamson

aseigo: ".. those probably aren’t going to show up on your stats, but the world is bigger and rather more interesting than StatCounter." Why? Do people in schools and government offices not browse the internet? That would contradict all the real-world experience I've ever had. Actually I think those numbers are perfectly consistent with reality. A lot of Linux proponents really aren't used to thinking *big* enough. All Brazilian schools? That's great. How many countries are there in the world? A couple of hundred. How many of them have decided to use Linux for all their schools? Well, one. There's 0.5% right there. I rather think that all the deployment numbers you cite are probably right around 0-1% of the total available user base in those sectors. "Desktop Linux is doing a lot better than the chicken little stats people love to trot out on blogs like this." I really haven't seen any evidence of this. Believing otherwise requires believing that there's a truly gigantic amount of desktop Linux users out there who somehow manage to permanently dodge all the web usage stat tracking systems in existence. Why would you believe that? Is there any evidence at all for the existence of such people? If they're not browsing hugely popular web sites, what *are* they doing with their desktop systems?

Adam Williamson
Adam Williamson

I note a remarkable similarity to my post: http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/07/29/the-success-of-ubuntu/ hmm. =) For those banging on about multimedia, e.g.: "I would say to rh/suse/debian, it is worth it for you to do anything to ensure that at least 90% of all codecs, including browser plugins, just works upon FIRST encounter. Even if it means that YOU pay some royalties behind the scenes. I see that the MINT distro is going in that direction but I have not tried it yet and don’t know if its as simple as multimedia on Windows ." It's just not that simple. It's not legally possible to pay a license fee to cover the distribution of a F/OSS decoder or encoder for a patent-protected media codec, because the F/OSS license requires that the code be redistributable to anyone in the world, so the patent license would have to cover...everyone in the world. And most patent holders aren't willing to grant such licenses. As long as we want our distros to be redistributable by people who download them, and we do, patent licensing isn't an option. (Note that Canonical *has* dipped a toe in the waters of patent licensing, using closed source codecs, for OEM installs...but that's the only way you can do it, and it means that if you buy such an Ubuntu preload, you can't technically redistribute that copy of Ubuntu to anyone else, at least without stripping out the licensed codecs). We'd love to include patented codecs in our distros, we really would. But it just isn't practical. If you're wondering about Mint and similar distros - simply put, what they do is not actually legal, if they provide their distros to the U.S. But there'd be no point suing the developers of Mint, because it's a community project and has no money; you'd just lose a bunch of legal fees. So, practically speaking, they can do it and not worry. Distros backed by companies with money cannot, though.

gadget00
gadget00

I don't know about you, but the main issue with Linux is not Linux itself, but the rest of the computer-oriented ecosystem. Read: continous hardware drivers available. In 2010, you STILL have the risk of purchasing a printer/scanner and not having it to work 100% like in a Windows or MacOS X environment. I believe that is even worse than the lack of gaming or killer apps. If I could be sure about getting ANY piece of hardware, no matter how strange and misterious it could be, with a native Linux driver and that will behave EXACTLY the same as in "more mainstream" OS(Win/Mac) then the Linux desktop would rise a bit. Using Linux it's still a bit of a risky business I guess.

Keith
Keith

Until computers leave the factory with Linux, Linux adoption will be less that 5%

Chris
Chris

There's a not particular recent picture around showing Steve Ballmer at a presentation with a market share graphic. The graphic shows Linux at about 5%. MS counts every Windows unit sold (by unique serial number at least). MS records every Windows installation authenticated (or activated) MS records (in later versions at least) will show how many of those active copies of Windows cease to be active. The greater majority of those inactive copies of Windows will be Linux, and MS can make an intelligent estimate of hardware die-off. So if Steve says about 5% that is probably a better estimate than any one else can make.

Simon
Simon

Funny thing is. Everytime a pro MS partner comes along and posts on of these articles. Providing an illegitimate place for MS shills to go on and on and on about usability and install base and this and that. The one thing they are actually doing, is pushing more and more people toward Linux. Linux gets better daily, it wipes the floor with Microsoft, and they know it. Microsoft will remain the dominant OS right up until the point it ceases to exists in the minds of people that write these articles. Right now MS are flailing about, with less and less of that corporate dollar going into their pockers. OEM's care less and less for them, now offering choices on purchased machines. They know the gravy train has run dry. With Steve Ballmer at the helm the company has gone down hill rapidly, showing it's true nature in public often. I don't know why they just can't face facts. It's over for them, they had their run, now the world wants freedom. Whether they like it or not, people are taking that freedom, from colleagues, friends, acquaintances, or off their own bat. The installed base of Linux is massive and it got that way without a shred of advertising, no illegal methods, and a monolith of finance fighting it at every turn. Windows could never have one against a global awakening of the end user. So just give it up with these repetitive, tiresome and totally non-factual rants. It's pointless.

mario
mario

These statistics are representative for the U.S. It should be noted that Linux isn't as marginal in Europe. Especially Germany is rather technic-literate with a market saturation guesstimated between 2 and 3%.

Homer
Homer

This article misses the point entirely. 1. Linux isn't trying to become successful on the desktop and 2. Without choice, Linux doesn't exist. All you people want to do is turn Linux into Windows. There can never be one unified anything with Linux, that's kinda the point. This is just another article by someone who totally and utterly fails to understand what Linux and FOSS are.

Frank
Frank

I've tried to make the switch more than once to a Linux desktop. I've used several distros to try and accomplish this. The biggest issue I have, however, is the lack of consistent VIDEO DRIVERS!!! I have a middle of the road, not so old card... and I either have to jump through hoops to get it working or when it does work out of the box, I get very poor performance. Now, I don't run games or anything major. I usually just want to watch hulu or a video here and there but with Linux doing any of that while having some desktop effect, just won't happen. I've changed cards to a new one, thinking that it would work better. It doesn't. Since it's an NVIDIA as opposed to an ATI, now it becomes very difficult to get dual monitors. With Windows, it works. It does not matter if it's WinXP, Vista or 7... Video drivers just work.

Roland
Roland

Linux is for those who don't mind occasional mental effort. Most people (in the US, anyway) want an OS that "just works". It's a problem with US culture, which has become profoundly anti-intellectual in the last 20 years. It won't change until US society gets over its current lunacy.

Aaron Seigo
Aaron Seigo

Yes, desktop Linux may not be breaking 1% on your choice of source for stats. "Sadly", desktop Linux has "only" managed to claim 100% of Brazillian public schools (52 million + students), penetration into some 10% of government and business offices in Germany, significant deployments into several regions of spain, multi-million retail sales per year (think: local "big box" style stores) in both South America and Asia ... and on and on. .. those probably aren't going to show up on your stats, but the world is bigger and rather more interesting than StatCounter. Desktop Linux is doing a lot better than the chicken little stats people love to trot out on blogs like this. That said, I do agree with points 3 and 5 in the authors "list of things to do", particularly point 5 about target audience. The rest of the list of suggestions hardly add value in terms of bridging real world barriers to entry. Point 4 is useful and should be striven for, but it's not a major key to success; it is the old "better technology wins!" falsehood masquerading as a wise point in a list. The other two points about standardizing into a monoculture are unrealistic and unnecessary; they also represent a gross over simplification of the actual landscape as it isn't a set of diametrically opposed, cleanly separate solutions but a set of interdependent and symbiotically developed offerings. The biggest thing the author missed, though, is the most potent one: get Linux pre-installed and selling on laptops, netbook and desktops through broadly and easily accessible distribution channels. That is the #1 head wind we face. In areas where desktop Linux is popular, such as Brazil, this has already been accomplished.

GreyGeek
GreyGeek

Amazing. Netapplications, a web business which markets rebranded Windows applications tried this stunt a couple years ago. StatCounter "appears" to be neutral in publishing statistics nearly identical to Netapplications'. When one uses Netcraft's site report on the domain name they are presented with Panther Express Corp (93.188.128.22), which is NOT the IP address of www.statcounter.com. Using other tools on 66.114.48.10 we find NetRange: 66.114.48.0 - 66.114.63.255 CIDR: 66.114.48.0/20 OriginAS: AS40366, AS36408 NetName: CDNET-USA-2 NetHandle: NET-66-114-48-0-1 Parent: NET-66-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Assignment NameServer: NS1.PANTHERCDN.COM NameServer: NS2.PANTHERCDN.COM RegDate: 2007-07-05 Updated: 2009-11-10 Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-66-114-48-0-1 OrgName: CDNetworks Inc. OrgId: CDNET Address: 130 Rio Robles City: San Jose StateProv: CA PostalCode: 95134 Country: US RegDate: 2007-01-05 Updated: 2010-05-10 Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/org/CDNET StatCounter is CDNet's project and their bread is buttered by Microsoft. They stopped offering Linux application downloads through their site around 2007. Doesn't look unbiased to me. Steve Ballmer gave a speach in Feb or 2009 during which he presented a graphic which showed the then current desktop market share. At the time, Apple's market share was around 10% (retail channel counts trump web site pixel bots) and the graphic showed the Linux share as being slightly larger than Apple's slice. So, who is lying, StatCounter, Ballmer or both? What surprises me is how a Penquin could be so easily duped by YALS (yet another lying statistic). Stock markets around the world are moving to Linux because of its speed, stability and security. The latest is the London Stock Exchange, which is moving to a Linux trading application (they even bought the company that wrote it) after suffering a $1 Billion dollar loss because of the failure of a .NET application written by Microsoft and one of its partners in England. If the folks who own the API and know of its undocumented features can't write software that won't fall over under pressure, who can? Militaries and their governments are moving to Linux. There are more people running Linux in China than there are people using computers in the USA, and quite a few in India. Even Hollywood and Bollywood use Linux servers to create their computer generated movies. Google, Amazon and many, many other major retailers have grown tired of the financial costs of trying to keep Windows secure and now serve the products and are switching to Windows on their clerical desktops. Microsoft is setting on a huge pile of cash, most of it the fruits of an illegal monopoly which gouged consumers while paying PC OEMs to keep competitors off their desktops, just like Intel paid DELL not to use AMD's graphic chips (Intel's bribes amounted to 75% of Dell's income in 2007). Even a casual search off the Internet will find stories of reporters who learned, after the fact, that they were groomed to write stories which amounted to MS PR memos. Bloggers were given gifts of expensive laptops to write favorable stories about VISTA. To anyone who was read the Comes vs Microsoft 3096 PDF this kind of "slog", "stacked panel", compromised analyst or consultant, etc., is nothing new. Now, with two examples as evidence, we can add the "stacked statistic" to the list of techniques MS and its "Technical Evangelists" use and for which James Palmondon has performed a mea culpa and appologized. This CDNet supported website is just another tawdry example.

Thomas
Thomas

WHAT YOU WANT IS CALLED MINT.

brianM
brianM

I understand Linux needs to be easier to use however Windows seems to have evolved into a mode of thinking that the user is a complete idiot. The flexibility of a Linux system to do pretty much whatever the user wants is a strong reason to chose Linux in the first place. I'd hate to think that attribute would be sacrificed for the sake of ease.

Scott
Scott

This article is pretty pointless. You know what would make ice cream better? Ice cream would be better if it were all one flavor. Mint Chocolate Chip is great so if all ice cream were Mint Chocolate Chip, then ice cream would sell better. That's basically the argument made here. The great thing about Linux which we should be championing is choice and freedom. The needs of a business user are not the same as the needs of a developer or a home user or a gamer or a graphic artist. Linux meets all those needs by not being the same out-of-the-box cookie cutter OS that gives you no choice or freedom. Embrace the KDE versus GNOME battle as a good thing because the competition will make each project better. If you want something that looks the same and works the same and doesn't have any desire to innovate, stay on Windows.

Graham Gingecat
Graham Gingecat

As long as Linux is on one desktop - i.e. mine, I'm quite happy. I'm no techie but I disagree totally with the first two points. Choice of distribution and GUI are a big part of the attraction of Linux for me and I wouldn't care to lose them just to attract a bunch of (probably unappreciative) Windows users. Didn't they try something like this with Linspire. I seem to remember that neither Windows or Linux users really took to it.

Chris the cynic
Chris the cynic

Rarely does one read an article so far off the mark. Letting alone for the moment the questionable methodolgy of the figures....one should ask about the unbelieveable number of businesses running IE6 or Win XP SP2. Are they doing that because Linux is hard to learn or there are several versions available? Or is it because IT managers are incompetent,clueless or at best, powerless? For the average home user, yes they would rather kick an extra hundred dollars or more to MSFT rather than being forced to think - even a little bit.

jeremyweewee60
jeremyweewee60

@Johnsie There already is it is called Thunderbird made By Mozilla a Proud Supporter of Open Source Software!!!!! :)


oh see how quickly linux is evolving more and more software all the time

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