The pieces of the puzzle are coming together. I predicted a while back that */Linux on ARM would invade the “personal computing” space including notebooks and desktops. The Chromebook has been produced in strength and millions will ship this year, but on x86. There are rumblings that Android/Linux will soon be multi-user and SJVN observes,
“Microsoft is fumbling its Windows 8 introduction, if ever there was a time for Google to introduce an Android desktop, this is the time.”
Probably in time for Christmas there will be Android/Linux systems shipping on every kind of PC, including ARMed ones. That should kill “8″ in its crib. That should end retail lockout of GNU/Linux everywhere. That should bring us a competitive market instead of monopoly.