"Linux on the desktop grew and matured in 2006. While some
analysts reported a slowing of Linux penetration on the desktop in
2006, a number of significant milestones were reached that promise
to continue to move the Linux desktop ahead in 2007. As Gerry
Riveros, Red Hat product marketing manager for client solutions put
it, 'What I think was most important [in 2006] were all of the
'under the hood' incremental improvements that took place around
printing, plug-and-play support, laptop enablement and the arrival
of the compositing manager that allows for modern graphics.'
"These and other improvements are setting the next stage of
growth for the Linux desktop. A number of projects and teams have
moved beyond alpha positioning and ownership to focus on how their
efforts contribute to overall desktop Linux objectives..."