I get these articles and I really shouldn't click on them, but I do. Here's the latest: "Why can't Linux crack the desktop?" I know that these things are really designed to wind people up and then watch the fun, but it is a curious question. Linux has a reputation of having a goal of "world domination", so why is there so much complacency? Personally, I think that Linux has made it on the desktop, for all of the people who use it. That sounds like nonsense, but isn't the whole point about choice? Maybe the fact that the people who currently enjoy Linux on the desktop actually enjoy it rather than fighting with all of the other things they would as a Mac or Windows user (we fight about other things!) is really the lesson. I know more people each day who decide to check out Linux and more who say they consider it an alternative if they ever get to the point of changing. I also know people who, now that they've discovered that it exists, never ever want to go back.
I've said before in my blog, "Walden's Ponderings", that it's less important that everyone around me start using Linux than that they stop becoming an obstacle to my using it. It's all about the individual here and finding approaches to handling information and interfaces that don't force a choice. That's been steadily improving and will continue to do so. Mac and Windows may go strong until the stars turn cold. That's fine... as long as those of us who choose may still choose wisely. :-)