I read an article with the grim title of “2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments”. I disagree with most of it but found a nugget that was news to me. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that OpenOffice.org may collapse into LibreOffice. The idea is that LibreOffice has picked up so much momentum and that OpenOffice.org has had so many problems that OpenOffice.org may die after a single release, just a code-cleanup.
LibreOffice actually was great news for FLOSS applications in 2011 and is rapidly becoming the flagship of desktop applications. FireFox may be in some decline but Chrome is ascending. Does it matter? Choice is good. The only slight disappointment is that IE is rebounding a bit above ~50%. Clearly, M$ has cleaned up its act and is competing on price/performance at last. That is a victory for FLOSS. Only a few years ago, IE was over 80%.
Other issues categorized as “disappointments” I see as opportunities. I am confident */Linux and FLOSS will shake off legal issues, including the cursed software patents (which are a burden for all software, not just FLOSS), and the wandering of Ubuntu/Canonical into the GUI swamp.
see Bruce Byfield – 2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments