“as long as the Linux and open source community continue to fight among themselves, this will never happen. Without a convergent effort from the current user base, Linux will continue to hit the same ceiling that has held it down for years.”
See Misplaced ire toward Ubuntu and Canonical is hurting Linux There is no ceiling on GNU/Linux adoption on desktops. US DOJ, EU Commission, the market, Google, Samsung, etc. have spread the word far and wide and weakened the Wintel monopoly. No magical convergence on Canonical/Ubuntu GNU/Linux is necessary for this movement. M$ did it to itself by shipping junk and charging too much and restricting too much for the consumer/business to tolerate. Everyone is looking at every opportunity to escape monopoly in IT. That’s happening this year. That’s a continuation of the maturation process which probably started back when IBM endorsed GNU/Linux. Canonical/Ubuntu is not the thing that did it. They were just one step in a long chain of little victories over tyranny.
Yesterday, with nearly 2 billion citizens of the Internet, GNU/Linux desktops had 1.75%, ~35million. Chrome GNU/Linux had 0.46%, ~10million, with another 7million expected in 2015. Then there’s Android/Linux, don’t you know? What ceiling? Units are shipping right from the OEMs to consumers and organizations large and small. The only limitation is the imagination of folks who know about GNU/Linux, not any need to collaborate in Canonical’s dream.
GNU/Linux works for people as does */Linux generally. It’s not broken. There’s nothing that needs fixing, just the usual gradual improvements/enrichment. 2015 is The Year Of The GNU/Linux desktop. In the first quarter the world went crazy adopting GNU/Linux and while much of it was Ubuntu, every other distro has a shot. The year began with GNU/Linux page-views at 1.5% and in May we saw 2%. Much of Europe is over 3%. Salesmen help but not are not an essential element of adoptions of FLOSS. People adopt FLOSS. They don’t need to buy it. Don’t fix what’s not broken. Introduce people to GNU/Linux. Put it on retail shelves. Tell your friends. Ask for it by name instead of the “no Linux” Ubuntu…