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Google Chrome OS: Desktop Linux's Last Chance

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“The year of Linux” – For how many years now have we come across this headline, usually prefaced by a bygone year?

It must be for at least ten years. But even now, despite the apparent popularity of distros such as Ubuntu, and even green shoots of interest from big OEMs such as Dell, desktop Linux languishes with a sub 1% market share. And what growth that is occurring happens at a snail’s pace.

Is there any hope that Linux can actually make significant gains and become a credible alternative to Windows and Mac OS X? Well, there is, and help is coming from the Internet’s 1,000-pound gorilla – Google.

Indeed, the search giant’s entry into the world of Linux represents a turning point, and could see it make or break Linux.

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