Hundreds of thousands of people are switching to the Linux desktop.
I use a Linux desktop. According to Google Analytics, 12% of the visitors to my various technology Web sites use Linux. Nevertheless, I know that on the traditional desktop, the vast majority of ordinary users are running Windows, and don't even get me started on “The Year of the Linux Desktop.” It's not going to happen. But, and this is interesting, it appears that there is a slight upward trend in desktop Linux use.
First reported by Katherine Noyes on Linux Insider, it turns out that the Web research firm Net Applications' data show that Linux's desktop market share has been growing , from a mere 0.97 percent in July, 2011 to a new high of 1.41 percent in January, 2012.
It's not like the mainstream PC vendors are supporting desktop Linux. While you can get desktop Linux from them, you normally need to be a business making a special--and large--order. True, there are PC vendors that specialize in Linux. These include companies like ZaReason and System76 that deliver quality products with excellent support at a good price. But none of them have reported that they're suddenly doing boffo business.
Darned if I know. I'm just glad to see more people joining me in Linux. You should give it a try sometime yourself if you're mildly technical—the days when you needed to be a computer guru to run Linux are long gone. You may find that you like it. In the last six months millions of other computer users have made the jump to Linux.