Taking a moment to gloat

OK, so it’s Thursday morning and I still haven’t packed for SCALE, the Enterprise guy is going to be here in about a half-hour to pick me up so I can drive the rental car back here to load up, I have one more SCALE 10X press release to send out before hitting the road, and there’s a Q-and-A interview also I have to post on the SCALE Web site.

But I’ll drop all that for a moment. This is a little more important.

SCALE 10XRecently, tech writers risked grave injury jumping on the “Linux Desktop is dead” bandwagon. Armies of writers marched lockstep to the theme that the desktop needs to have a fork stuck in it — it’s over, kaput, get it a nice casket. What do we have for our departing contestant?

I told them they were all full of crap.

Meanwhile, this morning Steven J. Vaughan Nichols reports that the Linux desktop might just be growing. It seems a Web research firm called Net Applications produced data showing that Linux’s desktop market share has been growing — from 0.97 percent in July 2011 to a record-breaking 1.41 percent as of this month.

OK, guys, now watch your step getting down off that bandwagon.

See you all at SCALE — arriving around 6ish in the white rental car.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. January 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

    2000 to 2100 is the century of the Linux Desktop.

    A word to all of the supposed “tech writers” out there:
    “You talk to much, you worry me so…………….

  2. January 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I hardly think the desktop is dead; it’s just that fewer and fewer people care about it. Attention has moved elsewhere; that’s the reason for Gnome 3 and Unity, which are designed for the new platforms. The anger over these new “desktops” stems from the fact that they are actually rather poor for use on desktop systems. Desktop users (including those on Windows 8) are having netbook-tablet-phone interfaces foisted on them because software designers have mostly moved on.

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