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Could this be the year of the Linux desktop?

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In the 21 years or so since its inception, Linux has gained some amazing enthusiast street cred, but failed time and again to enter the mainstream. This year, however, may afford it an opportunity it’s never had before: to gain the momentum necessary to join the big boys in the operating system world. If that happens, Linux devotees the world over — from users to developers to even Linus Torvalds himself — may have Microsoft and Windows 8 to thank.

Wait! I know I’ve ragged on Redmond’s reductive “new” OS in this space frequently, but… well, er, I stand by everything I’ve written. But this time it isn’t just me talking. This week the person saying it was Gabe Newell, the cofounder and managing director of Valve.

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