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Linux Desktop: Past, Present and Future

Written on October 18, 2010 by Adam Eve

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At this point in history, it's hard to deny the evidence: With stagnant market growth and inadequate content options compounded by industry inertia, Linux basically has no chance to rival Mac OS X, much less Windows.

Over the past few years, modern Linux distributions – like Ubuntu – have transformed the open-source desktop user experience into something less cumbersome. More over, the rise of netbook gave the OS a slice of the market. All of this, in addition to Linux’s distinct security and stability, might have given the operating system a chance to meet success. However, the Linux desktop market share remains stagnant at around one percent.

Back then, LInux has created an easy-to-install operating system, with a hardware support that reaches critical mass. Furthermore, major PC makers, such as Dell, opted to use Linux as a pre-installed feature in their laptops and desktops. This created an unblemished platform for Linux to dominate. But all hope was gone until Asus initiated a trend of cheap, simple netbook PCs with a Xandros distribution. Then the failure of the free OS versus mainstream PC users came in as a no surprise.

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