"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..."