Despite all the FUD M$ and Apple-fans spread, Desktop GNU/Linux is alive and well.
The widely referenced web statistics are a poor measure of Desktop GNU/Linux adoption. They either count unique visitors which is warped by NATing firewalls in organizations or page-views which are strongly dependent on the nature of the sites being counted.
To get a better picture of adoption one must measure success in known roll-outs and production by OEMs. There have been a lot of success-stories:
- adoption by tech companies like Google and IBM,
- adoption by national governments like Brazil, India, Russia, China, and Malaysia,
- adoption by regional and municipal governments and departments like
- Largo, FL, USA,
- Munich, Germany,
- Extremadura, Spain,
- French national police, and
- USA Department of Defence
- adoption by general businesses like
- Ernie Ball Guitar Strings,
- banks, and insurance companies.
- adoption by professionals and students in science, education and engineering, and multimedia.
No, on top of the success of GNU/Linux in high performance computing, servers and networking, the widespread use of GNU/Linux on desktops is icing on the cake.
In comparison, those other operating systems are struggling to maintain share in the face of small cheap computers of all kinds. Apple is stuck at ~5% of PCs shipped, M$ is declining and GNU/Linux is growing at double-digits percent. The big difference these days is that OEMs of all kinds are shipping GNU/Linux and in much of the world GNU/Linux can be found on retail shelves.
No, desktop GNU/Linux is not dead. It’s just getting started.