Microsoft continues to own the desktop – What is the future? Windows 7 in case you were not sure but it does appear the desktop is becoming more and more a browser with the growth in cloud computing and virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI). Mac has seen some growth but as Steve Ballmer pointed out last week this is slowing. Red Hat CEO in this article doesn’t really see a place for Linux on the desktop. Personally, I think I really like this quotation because of his hockey reference!
snydeq writes “Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst questioned the relevance of Linux on the desktop, citing several financial and interoperability hurdles to business adoption at a panel on end-users and Linux last night at the OSBC. ‘First of all, I don’t know how to make money on it,’ Whitehurst said, adding that he was uncertain how relevant the desktop itself will be in five years given advances in cloud-based and smartphone computing, as well as VDI. ‘The concept of a desktop is kind of ridiculous in this day and age. I’d rather think about skating to where the puck is going to be than where it is now.’ Despite increasing awareness that desktop Linux is ready for widespread mainstream adoption, fellow panelists questioned the practicality of switching to Linux, noting that even some Linux developers prefer Macs to Linux. ‘There’s a desire [to use desktop Linux],’ one panelist said, ‘but practicality sets in. There are significant barriers to switching.'”