Is Linux’s ‘Strategy’ to ‘Divide & Conquer’ … i.e. themselves, not Microsoft and Apple/Mac Desktop/Laptop OS users? If that is their ‘Strategy’ then it has been incredibly successful, since their Desktop/Laptop user base has been around .01-2.14% for decades. Seems like Apple/Mac user base has been stuck at around 10% forever, and trying to get the MacJihadi to try anything not Apple/Mac is unlikely (their new user base can’t be that big either). Microsoft’s Windows base seems to have been around 85-90% forever, huh. Lots of growth opportunity there if Linux could come up with a plan to rent and/or buy some ‘Rights’ to Microsoft Office, IMHO. Games are also a big growth area now, and apparently Windows dominates there also.
Linux can be confusing to newbies and oldies alike – e.g. just run a search on possessive, plural, plural possessive and/or singular forms for “Linux.” I went with “Linux’s” because it was my first choice, and grew weary searching for the so-called ‘Proper’ form.
From: 7 Best Desktop Environments For Linux – Munif Tanjim
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the best desktop environment of all?
While diversity is one of the best features of the Linux community, as users can try various options and find out which one suits the best for them, sometimes it can also create confusions. Especially if you’re new to Linux community, you can easily be overwhelmed by the number of choices you have. When it comes to Desktop Environments, there’s no exception. But trying out each and every desktop environments is a very time-consuming and tiring task.
I think Microsoft has been trying to move away from or get out of the Desktop/Laptop OS business for a long time, but the Linux community just can’t put a plan together in order to take advantage of such an opportunity. Geez, they can build waaaaaaaaay over 75 Linux distros, but can’t build just one to attract new users. Dig this: List of Linux distributions. I stopped counting after 75 and before Android or Chrome came up. How many Linux Desktop Environments are there? Talk about “Dividing” something!
If I didn’t know better, I’d say that Linux Desktop/Laptop distros are just for ‘Hobbyists’ since user share maintains a flatline result. Heck, a ‘List of hobbies’ even includes “Distro Hopping” as an indoor hobby!? However, as I have mentioned in other posts, I am very excited about this last batch of Linux distros, and ‘sense’ a chance for Linux growth in the Desktop/Laptop OS area. Not long ago, it was impossible to find a wireless USB adapter for Linux … trying to install Linux on any new computer and/or hardware could turn into a time-consuming nightmare. Not this recent batch though. I have tested distro after distro across a brand new build, a new build, a 2009 Dell and an old 2006 Asus MB in an Antec case build – every distro except ‘PURE’ Arch (which seemed like a DOS OS that never grew up) installed and worked … note: Arch-based Antergos and Manjaro both tested well.
Debian-based Ubuntu is dragging the other distros in the right direction, and has been for years, IMHO. Ubuntu has been working hard in the Desktop and Server areas for years … they also have a third edition – Ubuntu Core – that apparently has something to do with robots, ‘Internet of things (IoT)’, and areas I have no clue about…other than the future, perhaps.
Since Ubuntu is clearly leading the rest, and has at least had a ‘Strategy‘ (or two or three), then perhaps the future of Linux will be a commercial powerhouse Ubuntu Desktop/Laptop OS … maybe heavy on the ‘Open Source’ with a ‘Dash’ (or two?) of ‘Proprietary’ … so to speak.