A year ago, Laurie Wurster, of Gartner published a blog entry with some vital statistics:
There’s no mention of desktops in the article but there’s lots of mention of applications, the glue that keeps M$’s stuff on desktops in business. 22% consistently using FLOSS and 20% trying it out or 46% using it in some departments amounts to the possibility of using FLOSS widely today. I like that.
That’s consistent with the Linux Foundation’s findings last year as well. Businesses using GNU/Linux intend to use more of GNU/Linux. The Wall Street Journal also reported employment opportunities in FLOSS are up.
Web stats suggest GNU/Linux on client machines continues to rise and even Dell is exploiting hot spots of GNU/Linux adoption.
The difference a year can make is huge. A year ago, it was “standard wisdom” among many that GNU/Linux could never make it on the desktop. That does not seem to be the case today. The question this year seems to be what share M$ can retain, if any.