Linux is awesome. It's a powerful, capable, flexible operating system with
tremendous potential. But, it's never going to be a factor on the desktop,
so don't even waste your time considering it.
On the server side, Linux is kicking ass and taking names. An IDC report from
2010 claims that Linux made up more than 20 percent of the server market. I've
seen some estimates claiming it could be significantly higher than that today.
That's great, but on the desktop side of the fence Linux is a non-issue. Compared
to Microsoft Windows, even Mac OS X has trivial desktop market share, but it's
enough to put it on the radar, and Mac OS X has been growing strong in recent
years. Linux, on the other hand, has never really been more than a rounding
I spent a month experiencing Linux as a desktop OS. What I learned from the
30 Days With Ubuntu Linux experiment is that Linux is, in fact, capable of
being a desktop OS. But, the whole 30 days felt like I was swimming upstream--constantly
tinkering and finding workarounds to get everyday tasks done. Using Linux as
a replacement for Windows takes more effort than it's worth.