I don’t often agree with Jim Zemlin but he’s right about FLOSS being widely accepted. It’s the right way to do IT.“2014 was a tipping point where companies decided there was too much software to write for any one company to do it by themselves. They are shedding commodity software R&D by investing in â€œexternal R&Dâ€ with open source. Those who master the game have a compelling advantage. Those who donâ€™t are getting left behind.” The one anomaly in the game is still that other OS dominating the desktop but that’s slowly changing as GNU/Linux becomes more widely adopted by individuals, organizations and governments. It just makes no sense to pay big money for what you can get for $0 or nearly so. Even M$ has acknowledged that by giving away licences for small cheap computers. Eventually, a large chunk of computers of all kinds will run GNU/Linux and retailers will offer it to consumers everywhere. There’s no reason not to do that. Choice is good for consumers and retailers and OEMs.
The last few years has been some kind of a tipping point. Most OEMs are shipping some GNU/Linux units. Many retailers sell them to consumers. European governments are getting behind a move to accept FLOSS and GNU/Linux for purchases. China, India, Russia, Brazil, and several other governments have committed to FLOSS. The preferences for that other OS and its way of doing things are dying. Many schools run GNU/Linux because it is very affordable and their graduates are filling a demand for an educated workforce. Android/Linux is thriving. There’s no reason GNU/Linux cannot as well. It is better suited to run on legacy PCs than Android/Linux. Large screens matter. Mice and keyboards matter. GNU/Linux works very well with them and the performance continues to improve.