"Linux evangelists are keeping the faith, even when it
comes to the elusive Holy Grail of the open-source operating
system: taking a significant chunk of the desktop market.
The news has not been good since this time last year. Companies
seeking to make a profit from desktop applications have closed or
spun off their Linux operations, and big-name backer Dell cancelled
an offer for Linux-enabled desktop and laptop machines.
But attendees here at the Frankfurt Linux World Conference and
Expo refuse to give up. Ask a random sample, and you'll find about
half say they use Linux on their own home or office machines, and
would recommend it to others. These people are, of course, the hard
core. Can Linux for the desktop still catch on in the wider