On Linux Blog Safari, Barbara Hudson opined, “Who knows — maybe when Red Hat is making twice as much in a few years, people will start noticing that the trickle-down from Red Hat’s success has made the latest Fedora into a better desktop than some of the ‘desktop-centric’ distros”
Amen. I find it amusing that we still read elsewhere that GNU/Linux “has not”/”will not”/”will never” make it on the desktop for a lot of irrelevant reasons. The fact is GNU/Linux works on the desktop for exactly the same reasons it works on the server: tight modular design with attention to what works rather than for how it looks or what the salesmen wear.
Everyone in IT needs/wants/will have stuff that works and GNU/Linux works as well as or better than that other OS and MacOS. There is no technical barrier to adoption. There is ignorance and there is an attitude that one must pay above market value for software. If it costs a few $billion to make a release of an OS, why is the world paying M$ that much each quarter? That makes no sense.
The right way to do IT is to have as many as possible pool their resources and produce software that works in gadgets, in mobile devices, stationary devices and clusters.
GNU/Linux is big business now. There is no reason the world cannot share the wonderful experience I and others have had for longer than a decade. Those distros that are seen as desktop-centric may be helpful but not essential to bringing GNU/Linux to the masses of consumers. A few OEMs and retailers could do a lot within weeks if they saw the big picture instead of the cash-flow from locked-in consumers and businesses. The cash-flow with software that costs $0 to install on PCs is a lot more for those folks than they will get from providing free labour to M$.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It’s been working on my desktops and on my servers for years.