Christine Hall is a wise woman. She wrote, “With the success of Chromebooks, itâ€™s only a matter of time before the OEMs start pushing well designed laptops and desktops with customized versions of Linux installed. Itâ€™s bound to happen. Computer makers pay a fortune to Microsoft every year for the privilege of installing Windows. But Windowsâ€™ luster as a brand has faded, making this is no longer money well spent.”
I saw that years ago when I worked in schools. We could afford a lot more IT because we used GNU/Linux and the vast majority of users had no problems with it at all. GNU/Linux needs OEMs to offer this desktop to retailers in bulk ASAP. They can make more money through higher margins and the retailers can make more money through higher volumes. It does no one any good to stick with Wintel when it doesn’t sell well at all. OTOH, Android/Linux and ChromeOS are selling like hotcakes and GNU/Linux could offer something more than both on the desktop, all native code.