Linux and the Mysterious Netbook-to-Desktop Gap

Thursday Dec 17th 2009 by Staff

Linux netbooks are blazing along, but the Linux desktop languishes.

Tech News World: Tis the season to be jolly, and recent statistics make that especially true for Linux users. Exhibit A: Linux netbooks now account for almost a third of the 35 million or so netbooks to ship globally this year, according to Jeff Orr, an analyst at ABI Research. Then came Exhibit B -- specifically, predictions out of the recent Netbook World Summit in Paris that Linux will dominate in ARM-powered laptops next year. Furthermore, such machines are expected to take over a significant share of the overall laptop market.

So why isn't Linux more popular for desktop users? Tech News World rounds up opinions from across the tech world and blogosphere.

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