Quelle surprise! Despite recent assertions of the dead Linux
desktop (and affirmations of as much on the part of Dell
executives, Bruce Perens (he's the HP executive the headline refers
to) says "[The Linux] desktop is not dead, and will perform in the
market as Linux has in the server market--going from a toy to a
curiosity to a contender to having a big piece of the market."
"But dismissing Linux for the desktop is shortsighted,
says Perens. "Consider the age of the Linux desktop. Development
started from zero sometime in 1997. It's almost maturation time for
that desktop, and four years is a lot less time than it has taken
any other desktop project to get to the level that Gnome or KDE are
at," he said in an interview."