"When Evans Data released its survey on Tuesday showing a sharp
shift toward Linux (and away from Windows) among developers in
North America, the Linux world went wild. Wistful pengiun heads
heralded the coming Open Source Age. But the real measure of OS
success is in the number of users, not the number of developers.
After all, most of the world's PCs end up in the hands of ordinary
people who have no interest in coding. Fortunately for open-source
addicts, there are several signs that the coming year could bring a
sea-change among end users, making 2008 the year of the Linux
"There's nothing bold about pointing out that modern Linux
distros have made leaps and bounds in usability in the past couple
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