The State of the 2006 Linux DesktopBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Print
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Opinion: Linux desktops are now more available and more popular than everand ready to challenge Windows, some say. (DesktopLinux.com)AnalysisWere you to walk around LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week, for almost every person you'd see sitting, you'd see a laptop in front of them. And, if you're a snoopy person, like me, you'd also see that about half of those laptops were running Linux.
That doesn't sound like that much? Think again.
Even a year ago, Linux-powered laptops were a rarity.
They all have one thing in common. These were all from the new generation of desktop Linuxes that has appeared over the course of this summer.
Other than the official introduction of Linspire's Freespire, there was no major desktop news, as such, at the show.
What I found more interesting, though, was a sea change in how people saw the Linux desktop.
It wasn't just that there were far more people that were using Linux desktops, it was that they didn't see it as a statement of their loyalty to Linux over Windows. They were using it simply because it worked.
You could especially see this with people giving Freespire a try. Linspire made it almost impossible to be at LinuxWorld without getting a copy of its Linux. Many people decided to give it a try in its live CD mode.
They were, in a word, impressed.
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