There’s a perpetual joke in open source circles that next year will be ‘the year of Linux on the desktop’. GNU/Linux, of course, is an operating system that comes in a range of ‘distributions’ (I use Ubuntu and Elementary OS on a range of devices).
In this article, the author outlines 10 reasons that Linux isn’t used by more people. I think he’s spot-on:
- Fragmented market
- Lack of special applications
- Lack of big name applications
- Lack of API and ABI stability
- Apple resurgence
- Microsoft aggressive response
- Red Hat mostly stayed away
- Canonical business model not working out
- Original device manufacturer support
That being said, I’m all-in on Linux now. I can’t imagine going back to the vendor lock-in provided by macOS, Windows, or Chrome OS.
Source: Christian F.K. Schaller