ZDNet: Why Linux Will Never Go Mainstream on the Desktop
Nov 09, 2006, 00:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"The first thing that struck me were the poll results. Fully 28%
of you claim to be running Linux on all your systems while another
50% are planning to increase the number of Linux systems you run.
Those are incredible numbers but I think that they have more to do
with the type of audience that the post drew, rather than being
representative of the kind of growth in users that Linux is going
to experience over the next 12 months (although I expect that
someone will use the data to say just that). Currently the desktop
Linux user base stands at about 1% (the figure varies wildly
depending on what source you look at), so if 28% of you are already
running Linux then that means that the readership here is made up
of a large number of users that fall into that 1% user base..."