"Granted, Linux on the desktop has not made as much of
a dent against Windows as it has in the datacenter. But
Shuttleworth, who is also CEO of Ubuntu's commercial backer
Canonical, figures the desktop itself and the applications that
people are using are changing in ways that make the coming desktop
battle different than it has ever been before.
""The principals of diversity in the desktop space are well
established," Shuttleworth told InternetNews.com. "The benefits to
consumers and industry of having an alternative are very
substantial. Any change in the status quo is an opportunity."
"For Microsoft, the changing status quo revolves around its next
big release with Windows 7, an OS designed in large part to undo
some of the damage associated with Windows Vista -- featuring
design tweaks and enhancements aplenty."