fluff piece" inspired an entire thread on the LXer.com forums.
Whether it contains fluff or substance, you can decide. What I found enlightening were the various comments.
One poster even suggested that since we have all collectively "failed" at making Linux THE desktop environment, we should take appropriate actions.
"Maybe I should just settle down in a nice warm bath and get the razor out since apparently I'm a total failure based on this guys logic."
Ya gotta love the Roman Solution.
But srsly folks.....
Desktop Linux as it was, as it is and as it ever will be, never had a chance at unseating Windows as a DE replacement. You know, maybe an unfortunate stumble out of the starting gate could have been recovered from. Unfortunately, someone deemed it necessary to weld our gate shut before the starting bell sounded.
There were simply too many market forces and social/professional influences working against it.
And those same forces continue to do so.
Some here would argue that Linux is its own worst enemy when placed in the public spotlight...at least when presented by its current users. While the Windows environment would represent the fine, civilized Kansas City, with its boardwalks, ladies in full skirt regalia and parasols, Linux represents the best and the worst of the old west....Tombstone in its glory days. Muddy streets, bar brawls, gunfights and lowlife ruffians harassing the occasional good citizen with abandon.
Chaos nicely contained within a Kernel.
But oh, how those same market forces can scramble the best business plans and 401K's. When Google finally gets around to unifying the Android and Desktop environments, the change will make chaos look like a good option. The horizon will be filled with the sight of Golden Parachutes as they leap to safety from their gilded penthouse offices and suites. If Google does it right, the introduction of an Android Desktop Operating System will cement Google Docs and Calendar into the lead application over MS Office and Outlook.
The single-most-stated "objection" I get when migrating someone to Linux.
And I'm not fully sure if this will even happen....a quick, impromptu glance into my crystal ball showed me the possibility this morning and I see it as an exciting time for Linux.
We didn't beat them the way we planned.....hell, the majority of us didn't see this coming. I sure didn't...not at this level. Android phones? 700 unique activations a day? Sheesh.
The next logical step would be to integrate the phone to the computer in a unified environment. Nothing else would seem to make much sense.
Just like Linux back-dooring its way onto the Desktop.