Singularities are fun to contemplate, horrible to achieve. You approach a singularity when you fall into a “Black Hole” or a nuclear bomb goes off… bad things can happen. However, if GNU/Linux approaches a singularity in adoption/use/prevalence on the desktop, good things can happen:
- folks could have lower cost IT from client to server,
- folks would be relatively free of malware,
- folks would have fewer re-re-reboots, Patch Tuesdays, “critical vulnerabilities”, etc., and
- folks would have much more flexible IT allowing them to get the best performance from the hardware they buy/own/build.
In the real world, I don’t see a singularity any time soon but check out this correlation of the data from StatCounter’s page-view-shares. In just a few short weeks the logarithmic fit to the data blows up… That’s probably just the limitation on how the mathematics compares with reality (it could be more like a bend in the linear relation) but on the other hand, I do like the shape of the data. Things are definitely moving on up since Ubuntu/Dell, moves in European governments, and the death of XP. I don’t see any downside.