The GNU/Linux desktop has been around and growing for a while now but 2012 will be special:
- Android/Linux and GNU/Linux are getting together on ARM,
- Many OEMs are now producing desktop/notebook machines with GNU/Linux, including some old and new styles,
- thin clients, which love GNU/Linux, are now respectable (growth 20% p.a.)…, and
- Android/Linux is invading the desktop space on ARM and x86.
The diversity of desktop products on which GNU/Linux is thriving mean that in 2012, GNU/Linux will no longer be banned from retail shelves anywhere. Retailers have seen a drop in Wintel desktops and Android/Linux selling well all over. They will be open to new products in 2012. In some countries GNU/Linux desktops have been selling retail for years. OEMs have seen that market growing steadily and it is now ready for a breakout. The slush from Wintel is drying up. To get consumers buying PCs again, retailers will have to give consumers what they want, small cheap computers, and what OEMs can provide at higher margins, PCs with GNU/Linux. The time has come.