I was reading an interview with Jeff Zemlin of The Linux Foundation that ended with this:
“Every failure of Linux on the desktop each year has made Linux on the desktop better. If you use a modern linux desktop, it’s pretty good. and that’s the result of a lot of risk-taking over a lot of time.”
My response is “What Failure?” GNU/Linux has been a success on the desktop with every distro I have tested since 2000: Caldera eDesktop, Mandrake, Slackware, K12LTSP, Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian GNU/Linux and a few others I forget (failure of my memory, not the distros). Government, education, business, individuals, OEMs all use it successfully. Consider what some might call a failure on the desktop, Dell and Ubuntu. Just because Dell.com looks like a GNU/Linux desert means nothing. That’s in the home country of M$, the Great Satan of operating systems. Dell is selling GNU/Linux like hotcakes in China. It’s a wild success. They have 220 bricks-and-mortar stores pushing the product.
“millions of Dell’s products with the Ubuntu operating system will be sold every year, covering laptops, desktops, and servers.” see China Tech News.
Success of GNU/Linux is not limited to China, nor to commercial ventures. Many governments and educational organizations are adopting GNU/Linux on the desktop.
If Zemlin believes GNU/Linux has failed on the desktop, perhaps he should do something about promoting it instead of pronouncing “failure”. If he were looking for success rather than failure, perhaps he would have noticed the largest deployment ever, 500K in Brazilian schools. That’s from his own website, for Pity’s sake. Clearly, GNU/Linux is succeeding without much help from Zemlin.