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Some (sad) numbers on how Linux desktop adoption is going

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So this doesn’t really surprise me much, as I’ve been saying for a while that the year of Linux on the desktop is never going to come because the desktop is a dead play now, but it is sadly interesting, I think.

A propos of a Phoronix ‘discussion’ on the Mir shenanigans, I took a quick look at a couple of the more commonly-cited surveys on desktop OS usage over several years. The commonly-heard claim that Canonical had provided some kind of huge turbo boost to Linux adoption was made in the thread, by gamer2k: “You know what Canonical/Ubuntu brought Linux? Public Awareness. In the mind of the consumer, Ubuntu = Linux. If Ubuntu never came around, Linux would still be in the same state in was in 2005, holding <.5% market share, nothing more then a toy OS." Okay, that's a pretty silly way of putting it, but it's a claim that's often made by more sensible observers too. So, is it true?

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Sad to say your right. Desktop adaptation is a dead-end. The switch to smartphones and tablets are where it's at. Android leads the way.. Linux has it good there. Even Google knows Linux works best:-)

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