Open Ballot: will 2011 be the year of Linux on the desktop?

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OK, so it's a bit of a clichéd question, but with the awesome developments that have taken place in the Linux world over the last year, it's worth asking again. Will 2011 - finally - be the year that Linux makes serious inroads into the desktop space? Are all the pieces in place to mount a major assault on Microsoft and Apple? Or are we barking up the wrong tree, and we should be looking to the mobile space with Android and Chrome OS for Linux's future?

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No.

I am quite pessimistic on that question. I think Vista gave us the biggest opportunity and we completely failed to bring Desktop Linux to the mass market. It looked for a while as if Ubuntu would be able to change that, but the whole Unity idea makes it look more like the poor man's OSX.

2011 will be the year of Linux in the mobile space - Android is already overtaking the iPhone in many parts of the world, and, who knows, maybe at some point in that year we will even see a Meego device... (ChromeOS has become obsolete though, unless Google does something radical with it - like selling netbooks for £50).

not next year

I am going to confidently say that 2010 will not be the year of Linux on the desktop. Whilst we always do our best to encourage friends and family to use it, until there is a legal change then we will not have a year of Linux on the desktop. When a law is passed that PC retailers must offer 2 prices : one with windows and one without, then we will have a year of Linux on the desktop. Most people simply think that windows is part of every computer system and until they have an incentive to look elsewhere they simply won't. We all know that you can claim the price of windows back, but this is a long process that most people don't bother with due to the extra hassle. When the law is changed so that windows isn't a compulsory sale with any new PC and is a charged extra, then desktop Linux will gain ground, but it won't be next year (sadly)

No

All the work to pretty-up the Linux desktop is well appreciated and good, but it just isn't enough.

I can't imagine any of my friends considering a Linux desktop for their day-to-day computer interactions at home. Even with all the functionality improvements and the eye-candy and customization options all over the place, it's still no match for the desktop to which the average user is used.

The average user recognizes a small set of icons, which s/he links to very specific tasks ("that thing with the fox on fire gets me on the internet, and I can talk to my friend overseas with that blue icon with the 'S' on it").

This is the hook that should be used to get more people to use Linux - give them what they know. A better [looking] desktop is fine, but it's not what they know.

My mom used Linux on my desktop without even noticing the difference (except for it being super-fast), and she actually preferred using my Linux desktop to Windows. The setup I gave her is very simple. A clean desktop with no graphical whiz-bangs, a few icons on the desktop to perform the tasks she needs (internet, word processing, Skype, etc.). The only thing I had to teach her was how to use the switch user and log off buttons.

I think this desktop setup is the way to go in order to start delving into the desktop space.

Sort of

It will be the year of the Android

Never for average Joe

Linux on the desktop has reached its full potential already only among professionals who either require it for what they do, heavy Linux enthusiasts, or hard core Microsoft opposers.
The average Joe will never use it considering the amount of advertising, and promoting, not to mention business practices of Microsoft and Apple that make you get their software when you buy hardware. Linux has none of that, at least not in the desktop sector. However, that doesn't mean its doomed. Linux on the desktop serves a purpose of a laboratory, where great new OS ideas are born, developed, and released with each scheduled major update. This in itself drives innovation and should be a major driver behind each desktop Linux distro. Linux on a desktop also stands behind an idea of a testing ground for new technologies that after extensive testing and feedback from the community get adopted into the stable, long term releases that dominate the server market. Desktop Linux will stay around, it won't reach the fame of other commercial OSes that are nothing else but a profit making product. It will stay around as part of something bigger, a worldwide community based experiment, that goes beyond only creating profit. It has a specific symbiosis with its participants: Linux gets the community support, while the community gets it. This sort of a model has been working for a long time in nature, and it will work for a long time with Linux as well. Commercial products will come and go, but something community based will stay around. Will everyone use it? Probably not, but those who have tried it and understand the concept behind it will always lean towards it. So no, 2011 will not be a year of Linux on the desktop, at least not mainstream, there's no quick profit to be made from it, there's no easy business model for Linux. But it will be another year of Linux for those who understand the concept of making it better by using it, and 2011 will be better then 2010, because that's the major idea behind Linux: innovation.

Could be IF ...

Could be IF one or more important hardware provider(s) will choose a distribution as default OS on a "iPAD killer" or on a Walmart best buy.

And don't forget the administrations and schools are playing on other rules.

No.

Inertia and the ubiquity of windows and, to a lesser extent, Mac OS/iOS will always condemn Linux to also-ran status. Even though we have the arguments concerning security, availability of unique and innovative software, a thriving community well-known and well-regarded for it's support and helpfulness, and everything else we know about the companies and people surrounding Linux, we will always come in last. Sad, but true.

@Nicola

The mere fact that we are still thinking how to convince people to use Linux by relying on cross platform applications shows me that we are very, very far from the year of Linux on the desktop...

Might, might not...

It all comes down to if KDE4+ sets the tone or not. User experience is what determines the success of a UI. This is why OSX works so well. It has put the user in the center and so has KDE tried. I won't say they've succeed completely but where they haven't they try damned hard.
Gnome is... well lets face it, winXPs ugly cousin without Compiz and probably will remain so. Unity is a desperate attempt to leave it and for good reason. It works. But so does winXP. Maybe Gnome 3.0 has some good to it though...

No!

If something as well-known and as easy to switch to as Firefox can only win 30% of the browser market, with the majority of the market belonging to a very obviously inferior competitor, I'm not sure there's much hope that Linux will ever make much of an impact on Windows's market share.

But for those of us lucky enough to have have already made the switch to Linux -- and for the relatively few of us who will make the switch in 2011 -- it doesn't much matter. Our computing will be productive, enjoyable, and ever-improving, even if 98- or 95-percent of the public can't say the same.

Catch 22

I promote Open Source as much as I can. The people I know are not reluctant but can't change because they cannot get the applications they need to do their daily work. So until Linux is used by a larger percentage and the Software makers find it interesting to develop for Linux, I think we'll have to accept the current spread of Linux.

Not likely

Apart from the that whole Android thing.

If trends carry on, as is. The home desktop computer and Laptop will become just another niche market soon.
Most people are already pulled in to some-kind of mobile device.

Linux (probably) has no future on your average none portable desktop.
But who know's? With the entire political Zeitgeist leaning towards austerity cut backs and the like, it may gain in road over the coming years just by virtue of it being on the whole Gratis.

I really hope so, my two

I really hope so, my two neighbours are more than happy with their Ubuntu installations and seldom ask about viruses and such now ;-)

I do try and get more people I know to use it but accountants and businessmen are usually locked in to Quiken or some other proprietary accounting package and most of the artists that I know use Macs and Photoshop :(

Yes?

So is Linux on your desktop? Then congratulations you have already experienced the "year of the Linux desktop!"

This has always been the popular question, but fundamentally, it isn't the right question to ask. Market share does not necessarily reflect market readiness, and until we get things sorted out so that proprietary software developers aren't relegated to API leper camps (unified audio stack? video api? package deployment? an IDE that can hold a candle to Visual Studio or even Xcode for non-dynamic languages? -- remember that if there are two or more competitors there often isn't a good solution for a developer trying to make it "just work everywhere").

The answer to the question "Can company X or random professional Y move to Linux?" will always be no (there will always be some strange obscure professional app that you've never heard of that prevents it). So we should stop worrying about whether everyone will use it and start focusing on just making it more *usable*, congratulations on Ubuntu for taking some initiative on that effort.

No. Haven't you learned by now?

You say this every year in LXF and it's just not going to happen.

To get that popular, Linux will have to basically be as much like Windows as possible, so that the average punter knows how to use it.

Linux is a system on which you can do much more interesting stuff, at the price of having to put a little bit of thought into it. Long may it remain that way.

keep great topics coming!

No, but it will apparently be the year of "whoring for clicks", as say in Texas :)

I'm afraid not

Here in the UK, I suspect that a high proportion of computer users have no awareness at all of Linux, and have no idea that desktop Linux might be an option for them. No advertising or promotion (except Ubuntu); no computers with pre-installed Linux; scarcely any coverage in the non-technical press.

However, desktop Linux is still going strong in its own way, and will continue to provide a very valuable and usable option for people who are willing to find out about it and then learn how it works.

And there goes another flying pig (Penguin)

It would be so wonderful to say yes but, until makers of peripheral equipment automatically supply drivers or programs to run their equipment on Linux, the answer will be no. It hurts, especially as some Linux embedded systems can't easily be run on Linux boxes. (Think Tom Tom.)

Otherwise there is nothing to stop Linux. There are already distributions like Linux Mint which Windows users can quickly adapt to for the majority of their computer needs, ie email, web browsing etc. We just need to tell them to come on in, the water is lovely.

No: and a true story to demonstrate why

I volunteer for a well-known charity in a well-known city in England. Just over a year ago we had a donation of two HP PC's: dual-core Pentiums (over 2GHz), 512MB RAM with flat-screen monitors. A bit dusty but soon cleaned up, in massive, industrial-strength cases, very quiet: two well-behaved beasts. Both were thrown away (i.e. into a bin for landfill) because the MS Windows XP installations were password-protected and we didn't have the passwords. One of the people responsible is a very smart ex-professor of science from the university in this well-known city. I rescued one and it now runs Ubuntu, the fastest machine in the building by some margin, making £1000's of cash selling books on the interweb. I doubt there's more than two people working here who have any clue what I did with it.
Microsoft will continue to rule the desktop for a long time to come. Let's just be happy we know better ;)

No....

It's already here!

I hope

I use linux and the command line everyday and couldn't think of using windows. aptosid is my life (based on debian). I hope linux would rule the world ,but sadly I think that some of the reasons linux isn't 98% of the share and microsoft 1% is because linux is rearly preinstalled and people is confused about what linux is and the diferent choices.

Oystein Stadskleiv Norway

Does it matter?

I have found that the Linux desktop suits my way of working, and evidently others have found the same thing (hence TuxRadar and LXF). If mainstream computer users don't want Linux, that's alright by me, and they can remain in the simplified worlds of Mac and Windows - such people will never take the time to fully discover the benefits of Linux anyway. As I see it, the Linux desktop has a great niche for developers and power-users, and I don't understand why certain companies feel the need to beat it into a Mac-shaped mold (ahem). Perhaps what makes Linux great to us is also what prevents it from being wildly popular.

I continue to reveal Linux as an option to people in the hope that it will suit them too, but in the end do the numbers really matter?

Not quite

It seems that vista7 is the last gasp of air for M$. A lot of people I know are unhappy with vista7, but don't want to switch because they already have something that "works well enough". When it's time to move on from vista7, Linux will be king on "desktops".

Also, I pray viruses will kill windows off before long. We must be close. I can smell the burning silicon dioxide coming from Redmond.

Out-dated question.

2011 is more likely to be the year the Desktop starts to disappear, with laptops and more likely high-spec tablets taking over.

So, Linux on the desktop? Nah.
Linux on laptops, or more significantly, smartphones & tablets (via Android)? Oh yeah!

Oh, that's of course if it doesn't all end in one massive patent-dispute lawsuit.

Sure

Next, this year and every year since 1999 on my desktop.

I think that we will see a

I think that we will see a few more years passing until it will be a serious contender. Unless the Brazilian school system goes around the world and shows numbers on how their school system has gained from using Linux I hardly think it will happen in the next 10 years. Even then I think its unlikely.

In the odd chance that Chrom OS will pickup and get momentum it still will fail as people will use Chrom OS rather then Linux, at least as far as they are concerned.

2020 will be the year of

2020 will be the year of Hurd on the desctop^^

Absolutely maybe.

2010 was the (first) year of BIG! Linux on the phone.

2011, if Canonical strikes up a deal, advertises as promised, and buys out System76 ;) will hopefully help Linux on the desktop. The way I see it, there are NO adverts for it, I don't see it on the street, no one's tempting me to buy, use or obtain it outside of the tech world, so how will the average Joe know that it's super-mega-cool?

If it is adequately advertised, preinstalled on far, far more PCs (Ahem, Dixons Retail! I see NO Linux PCs anymore and no one's telling me to get it!) and breaks no promises, it will get some more good standing.

Until the day comes that it's pushed in my face, on the street, in shops and by random people staring at spinning cubes in cafés, I'd be inclined to say no. So let's get it out there!

maybe

It's definately gaining some traction in the workplace, we use window xp/7 for developemnt, and it's useable, but you need to mess around with getting cygwin set up just so there's a working arm toolchain. Luckily someone had sense and set up a linux box in the lab for building kernels on, as it's utterly impossible on windows.

windows orignally started in the workplace, before becoming widely used, so why shouldn't some flavour of linux do the same, if people use one thing at work or in school, then go home to their personal desktops, why should they use something completely different?

remember kids: First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

the regular simpleton these days either ignores or ridicules linux, so first we need a hate campaign saying linux is inferior before we win :D

Nopey dopey

We 'simply' need high street shops selling it in the same style as Mac or it will never be the year. simple as.

And that wont be this year.

2011 Linux Desktop? Not a chance!

Is there anything revolutionary due in '11 that'd convince Joe and Jane Public to switch to Linux? Not as far as I can see.

Personally I don't think we'll ever see a 'big bang' for Linux, instead more and more folks will start either dual-booting or moving their stuff across to it. Problem is that there's still stuff that Windows and Mac do "better", so until Linux can come up with that unique selling point, then it's not going to make more more progress.

I can't help thinking that the best place for it is in netbooks. These are - by their nature - low-resource beasties, so a poor fit for Windows. Plus they're too cheap (relatively!) for Apple to be interested in - not enough profit margin.

Folks like Mozilla, Libre, etc could be a big help - if you're used to using Firefox, LibreOffice on Windows, then a switch to Linux is no where near as scary. So these folks need to up their game and displace IE, MSOffice.

Oh, and having some of the big game titles on Linux wouldn't hurt none either! :P

Windows 7 is Fairly Good

I've just installed Windows 7 on one of my boxes. My other machine runs Ubuntu. I have to admit, Windows 7 is pretty good - pretty and quite fun to play around with. I'm afraid it's going to be a while before any flavour of Linux is going to be as enjoyable to use.

I really don't think it's solely down to marketing and sharp practice, Windows is a lot easier to use. Don't get me wrong, I prefer mucking around in Ubuntu, but I do occasionally get frustrated with hangs, crashing Chrome tabs, random error messages on boot-up. I know this sort of stuff doesn't happen to most Linux users, but it happens to me, and everyone who I've got up and running with Ubuntu.

What advertsing budget?

Apart from the distinct lack of choice in buying new hardware from mainstream sources, there are a lot of people out there who don't know there's a choice. The vendor lock-in is the problem.

My family and friends do know that it exists and works, and we've a few who've removed Vista from laptops and found they work better on Linux, but on the whole there's no exposure in the media.

Windows 7 is better than what came before, but under the bonnet it's still a bag of spanners. I just don't have the administrative overhead with Linux than I have with the family's Windows machines.

How about "I'm a PC and I use Linux" advert Mr Shuttleworth?

It's a possibility but....

Honestly, if you think about Windows 7 for a minute you would say it's "pretty good". You might even goes as far to say it's great. But, that's coming from people that know there way around any OS, and it's coming from people that program, compile linux kernels, build firewalls, etc. These same "technologically advanced" people say Windows 7 is good. So all in all, you can trust the opinion that it's good, but there's plenty of Linux based OS's that these same advanced people say is GREAT!! They love it, see it's potential, and realize it's superiority over Windows or Mac. So, at least we know, you can trust the opinion that in most cases Linux is better suited for average home users.

The only problem is that these trusted opinions are realized by the wrong crowd. Any "average joe" (i hate that term) only see's windows....only works with windows...and has heard of that "hippie hipster" mac thing, but doesn't have the money or time to learn about it. Say the word linux to them, and if they know what you're talking about, they'll say "Wow, you must be smart!" If linux has a stigma that follows it, then it's us that are to blame...not marketing, or lack of marketing that's to blame.

There's nothing lacking in Linux that would potentially hold it back from the average home user. But, there's a prescriptive method to marketing technology to the "average joe". Linux certainly doesn't follow suit in this area. Whether or not Canonical will be able to start marketing the way we see Windows, Mac, Intel, Ipod, and Ipad going about marketing is the real question.

But, why is it that everyone has a mind set on this area of marketing. We all seem to say it's impossible to achieve cable TV commercials, and shelf space at Best Buy. Give me enough money and I'll have a commercial marketing cheese sandwiches on super bowl Sunday...I bet my top dollar I'll see Oprah, or SNL talking about my cheese sandwiches soon after.

Beyond that, I'll have the best cheese sandwich in the world...whether it tastes that good or not...and whether there's small companies selling BETTER cheese sandwiches or not won't matter to me. Even if they claim to release there cheese recipe and ingredients for free so everyone can make the "small-time companies" (better) cheese sandwich I'll still be the winner. I'm still selling an overpriced, mediocre cheese sandwich...and I'm still baffling the smaller companies that wonder why the he** the masses rather have MY sandwich.

It's a question of marketing...not technology anymore. The technology on a Linux based desktop is many levels above Macs, or Windows....but unfortunately the "average joe's" of the world don't trust ANYTHING they didn't see on T.V. first. If it's not talked about on their favorite channel, and not read about in their favorite magazine....then it's not worth their time.

Marketing?

I don't think marketing matters that much for Windows anymore. It is difficult to imagine that anyone went for Windows 7 because of these incredibly stupid "I'm a PC..." (WTF do they even mean with that?) ads. For the average user Windows is the computer. They might get frustrated with it, but when Windows clutters up the system and brings everything to a halt (as it has the tendency to do) it is "my computer" that is getting slow. Despite the fact that the same hardware would perform amazingly with any Linux distribution, people like that will buy a new computer - which also runs Windows. Personally I can't see how we could ever break into that cycle.

Apple did - with highly priced lifestyle products - but at the moment the only card Linux can play is that it is the cheap option. And I'm not sure if I like that...

Well it just might be

We have Android dominating in the phone market, and possibility in the tablet market. Google's Chrome OS is coming out, they are signing up trialst at the moment.

But it wont dominate on the corporate desktop.

Hey Slated I am totally with you! Unbelievable how many NO...

I moved to this OS many years ago and I love it. I was almost sure GNU/Linux won on Windowze but it didn't happen because (as Slated underlined) Windowze and many corporates played dirty...

It is matter of years, 5 maybe 10 or so but if playground rules will be fair then we'll watch another movie! trust me.

Hey people of "NO way 2011" start dropping Windowze partition... don't waste useful disk space!

cheers.

Free Software, Free Hardware

I look after the computers for a mental health charity - Contact, Morpeth (Northumberland).

We take in old computers, refurbish them and give them away. We recently gave away a Linux PC to an out-patient. It worked with her printer and broadband connection. And she was able to do her college work on it using OpenOffice, She's no computer expert but she's coping with it and is very happy (and so was my CPN).

1. Linux is ideal for computers that would otherwise have no OS or for which the OS is too expensive.

2. "Is Linux ready for the desktop?". Personally I think my exposure to desktop Linux says "yes", with caveats. The real growth, I think, will be in smart phones and MIDs,

No.

No. Never ask that question again.

OK. I realized how

OK. I realized how pessimistic I sounded.

I reckon we'll own the mobile/tablet side of things soon enough with android but fragmentation is a REAL problem in all areas.

I LOVE choice, I really do, but alot of people just want the damn thing to WORK, out of the box.

We need a set of standards and we need to change a few things about the archaic file system layout.

e.g. Having one directory for apps would be a good start, although I am in favour of /usr/lib only one lib approach. So my grand plan would be tracking what libs are on the system, and having one universal (yes universal) 'lib store' that can be accessed by any [insert name of standard package format here (I propose .tux for comedy value)] So you simply click on a .tux file and it magically installs, literally just click install, watch a loading bar and BOOM, said app is on your system, ready to use.

We also need to get over the stumbling block of not having Linux preinstalled on mainstream PCs, because let's be honest, no one has ever heard of Linux and if they have it's geeky. If someone wants to install it, they have to go through a long (however streamlined it actually is, still long) process.

I propose that first, company's start adding as a second dual boot option BY DEFAULT to mainstream PCs, but for this to start happening, the Linux community needs to be more unified, ONE movement, ONE goal and we need a figure head a la Steve jobs, NOT rms, he wouldn't be a good one, and let's face it Linus is no figure head.

Will 2011 be the year that .........?

Will 2011 be the year that people stop asking the question "will year X be the year of Linux on the desktop?"

I'm getting a bit sick of it all now.

Lot's can happen in a year

this was the year of Andriod, Andriod, oh and Andriod, tools of productivity to be sure, but still when you want to get something done, really you fire up you're laptop/desktop.

So I think the OS wars are going to bounce back in focus for some part of next year, will linux bee ready. Hope so.
(for me as a user linux is 90% all I need)
thanks linux

Debut Album

I think Linux is now mature enough and ready for the major markets of the world. Both the KDE community and Ubuntu have made exciting inroads into their respective (and sometime shared) pitches to the wider tech community, with each seeming to want to commit to produce an awesome product, capable of competing with the present giants.

With Windows XP getting perhaps a bit long in the tooth, and Apple's OSX proving that computing can be done differently, XP users might be the ones to target. If Chrome OS is due to mount a big "new option" to desktop consumers, then Linux needs to stand alongside it, but not as "Linux" the name, or "Linux" the kernel OS, as these are still too fragmented. No, it needs to come from Canonical and KDE as representatives for Linux. Too much choice too soon, will not help our cause. But get a new user-base hooked on the Linux-based systems that Ubuntu or KDE provide will be the first step towards an increased market share.

Yes, Ubuntu is going more commercial, and yes, the KDE desktop isn't for everyone, but I feel these two offerings (I also know that KDE is just a software compilation) give a positive, fresh face for our Linux community.

We've been producing demos for years, done a few gigs around the world, and attracted a bit of attention. 2011 won't be the year we conquer the desktop market, but if we can produce a catchy Debut Album that demands attention, then we could well see Linux rocket up those OS charts in the next decade. And I think Ubuntu and KDE will have to be our frontmen to get our Album heard!

We need to push the Linux experience first

We need Jolicloud and Chrome OS bringing Linux to the masses first.
I am no power user, and believe that the Linux desktop is far more straight forward, logical and flexible than Windows and performs much better as well. That said, until it is pre-loaded on PC's, Linux cannot hope to compete with Windows.
As with every year, 2011 will be the year of Linux on the Desktop for those that discover it.

I have the answer.

I have the answer because i have the podcast before it is released.I made script to automatically download the latest tuxradar podcast and the script downloaded episode 23 before it was released. As a proof of having the latest podcast before you do is that mike saunders mentions that everybody in lxf have been ill and that they are bringing an extra effort in to making this podcast.

Apart from the problem of

Apart from the problem of promotion Linux will never become mainstream until it, and its supporters, abandon their dependence on the command line. Mainstream users of windows and OSX do not use the command line and have no need to because everything they need to configure has a GUI control panel.

Linux developers are a bit lazy and rely on the command line for configuration because it is easier for them. Unfortunately, what is important is what is easier, i.e. most familiar, for mainstream users. Now I've no problem with you using the command line, if you like that sort of thing, any more than I have with people who like to dress in medieval costume and pretend they live hundreds of years ago, but don't expect mainstream users to tolerate it.

So Linux works fine for most things that mainstream users need to do, but as soon as there is a small problem... What do they do? Stage one is search on-line for a solution and what do they find? Forum responses that say "Open a terminal window and type some <gibberish>". It is at this point that Linux gets uninstalled.

There will never be a year of the Linux desktop

As stated above there will never be one until a company like Canonical actually decides to really advertise and push their product.

Linux usage is constantly growing but will never grow as much as it needs until its pushed and marketed.

This question is really starting to bug me.

I've been using linux for 4 years and this question has been asked every year. Why does it keep cropping up? Linux is wiining on every other front other than the desktop so why is there such a big fuss?

I think that we should think more on user friendliness rather than on new features if we want linux to win!

Dude

Like many comments made, it won't be "The Year of the Linux Desktop" until Linux is shoved out into the market and put out there so that the average user will see that Linux is just as easy to use, and a lot less hassle to use in most cases.

But other than that, the dirty masses of MS users only use MS because they don't think that there is another option. And even if there is, they don't want to take the time to learn something new, they are satisfied with window$ and don't see a need to change. There in lies the problem. Being satisfied. They need to see Linux in action, They need to see that the Linux desktop is just as easy to use. Sure there are a small amount of Window$ programs that there is currently not a Linux counterpart too, but that changes daily.

When the average user can see that Linux can work and is not the "Nerds" operating system, and that there are perfectly viable options to windows only programs, then we will see more people switch over. Linux users need to start showing others what they have, software and hardware companies need to start porting to Linux; together we can eventually have "The Year of the Linux Desktop"

2011 is the year of the Linux mobile

This year, we've seen Linux on mobile come on leaps and bounds. Next year, along with the release of another new Linux based Mobile OS, Meego, I'm confident we'll see Linux dominate the mobile market.

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