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Evaluating Prospects for Linux Growth in 2008

Jan 07, 2008, 22:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Vast legions of open-source software enthusiasts and industry analysts eagerly proclaim every twelve months that the elusive Year of the Linux Desktop is finally upon us. These prognosticators imagine scenarios in which the disgruntled techno-proletariat casts off the grim shackles of Microsoft oppression and embraces the sweet liberation of peerless, penguin-powered performance and productivity. Although these prophecies have obviously yet to be fulfilled and Linux adoption on the desktop remains limited, the open-source OS is rapidly gaining immense traction in the mobile and embedded space.

"The Year of the Linux Desktop began as a dream, transformed into a myth, and is now little more than a humorous meme. Let's take a cynical stroll down memory lane and commune with the presumptuous penguin predictions of the past..."

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