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How's the Linux Desktop Doing?

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How many times have we as desktop Linux users been asked if this is the "year of the Linux desktop?" Too many times I'd imagine.

Even worse, we still calculate the value of using Linux based on some phantom number that is frankly impossible to measure. As regular users of the desktop Linux, many of us don't care what kind of market penetration is taking place. It's less about a race to the finish and more about the reason we're running in the first place.

In this article, I'd like offer a Linux progress report. While I”m clearly biased due to my affinity for the Linux desktop, I’ll try to be as fair as possible. Then again, any findings I come up with will likely be more balanced than “yet another Windows user" sharing their insights about the Linux desktop experience.

Why? Among other reasons, because I don't pretend that Ubuntu is Linux in its entirety. There is an entire world beyond one single Linux distribution.

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