Why Linux Has Failed to Conquer the Desktop World
TechRepublic’s Editor in Chief, Jason Hiner, has done a very detailed analysis on why Linux has miserably failed to take over the desktop market from Windows. He writes:
In the decade since it was first proclaimed as the “Windows killer,” Linux on the desktop has made virtually no progress in real adoption numbers. According to market share trackers (based on real PC activity and not just sales) such Net Applications, StatCounter, W3Counter, and others, the market share of Linux has been hovering around just 1-2% of total PC operating system installations for a decade.
In his article, Jason also gives reasons why he believes Linux has not been the “Windows killer” that a lot of people have been predicting.
Despite this consistent evidence that Linux desktops were going nowhere, pundits, analysts and Linux enthusiasts have been repeatedly predicting that Linux was on the verge of a breakthrough on the desktop. At the end of nearly every year, some writer or publication has prognosticated that the following year would be “The year of the Linux desktop.”
While Linux has made progress in the servers and mobile devices arena, it has failed to conquer the desktop world. You can read Jason’s complete analysis on TechRepublic’s Web site here.