“The desktop battle is now irrelevant. We tried. We lost. With the new battles, I feel there is much more at stake: our very freedom, and sense of ownership, is being taken away from us.”
See GNU/Linux: the desktop that never was Battle is an intense thing. Stuff happens quickly amid boredom, terror, fear, doubt, anger, triumph, destruction…
Tony Mobily states outright that the battle for the desktop is lost and new battles lie on the horizon. I think he’s premature. There are more than a billion desktops out there and many run GNU/Linux. Retail shelves have been breached although you can’t find many here bearing GNU/Linux. Governments are promoting GNU/Linux as a sound choice with the added benefit of saving time and money.
No, the battle is not over and M$ has not won it. GNU/Linux made huge gains in 2015 and there’s no reason to believe those gains won’t continue. Users of IT need some way to access the network. The legacy PC remains a viable option with or without That Other OS. Android/Linux proved that. GNU/Linux continues to grow.
Conversely, M$’s client division plunged, down 24% in Q1 over the same quarter last year. That’s losing. The biggest battles may be lost due to a single chink in the armour. That Other OS has dozens of weaknesses. GNU/Linux exploits them all.