The fabled "Year of the Linux Desktop" has never materialized, and it likely never will. Does that mean Linux on a desktop PC is irrelevant? Not at all! Desktop Linux is still awesome. The Year of the Linux Desktop? Dirk Hohndel, who was then the chief Linux and open-source technologist at Intel, predicted that in 1999, Linux would penetrate the PC desktop market and displace Windows. He's credited with coining the phrase "the year of the Linux desktop." Two decades later, we're still waiting. Every year or so, an industry pundit will stick their neck out and declare that year the year of the Linux desktop . It's just not happening. About two percent of desktop PCs and laptops use Linux, and there were over 2 billion in use in 2015 . That's about 4 million computers running Linux. The figure would be higher now, of course—possibly about 4.5 million, which is, roughly, the population of Kuwait. Yet, Linux runs the world: over 70 percent of websites run on it, and over 92 percent of the servers running on Amazon's EC2 platform use Linux. All 500 of the fastest supercomputers in the world run Linux. There's even a Linux or FreeBSD -derived kernel… Read full this story
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