May 16, 2009

2009 is the Year of GNU/Linux on the Desktop

So, the term is cliche/over-used/tired, but this could be it.

 

  • both tentacles of the Wintel monopoly have been chastened by the EU
  • netbooks continue their march
  • ARM is awakening and with Intel shut out of exclusive dealing can really grow into netbook/desktop/server
  • enough real people have seen GNU/Linux in action to know it is an option and it works well
  • on low-end equipment the superior performance of GNU/Linux is obvious
  • China has many OEMs willing to crank out netbooks on any hardware
  • 10% of PCs in use today are thin clients and GNU/Linux can run twice as many thin clients on a server as that other OS
  • 14% of businesses are in the process or have already moved away from that other OS
  • 50% of businesses have seriously examined moving away from that other OS
  • 10% of PCs today use GNU/Linux

OK, GNU/Linux does not have a monopoly on the desktop but it is definitely there. Last year that was in doubt. 2009 is the year the world realized GNU/Linux works on the desktop.Next year, any argument that we have not had the Year will be pretty lame. Growth areas will involve FLOSS and GNU/Linux everywhere.

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