I’ve worked as a tech writer for long enough that I can remember when “the year of Linux on the Desktop” was thought to be a real thing, instead of just some kind of running geek joke. Indeed, I made a few stabs myself at transitioning to a Linux desktop, both out of interest and for professional reasons. But when even the Linux folk are saying that Linux on the desktop is a deceased avian, what hope is left?
Over at TechRadar, there’s an excellent piece that looks into the state of Linux on the desktop, and why it’s fallen over — although not everyone, including Linus Torvalds, explicitly agrees. It’s well worth reading.