The Linux Foundation recently released a Linux desktop survey, with over 15,000 respondents. Unfortunately, the data seems skewed toward the sort of person who would proactively seek out a Linux desktop survey with over 70% of respondents being students, IT professionals, developers, or other "gear-head" status and 69.4% working for companies with 100 employees or fewer (and I'm guessing they skew closer to "1" than "100" in the "1-100 employees" category).
Why? Because 57.5% declared that they run Linux on half or more of their office desktops. Call me a skeptic, but I doubt there are many dry cleaning operations with a lot of Linux running. I'm guessing that these are 1-5-person technical operations with at least half the staff having the technical "chops" to work comfortably with Linux. This is borne out by the fact that 49.4% of respondents work for computer companies of some kind or in research/education.
In short, the Linux desktop may be doing well, but it hasn't touched the mainstream enterprise market where a critical mass of revenue is to be found. Don't be fooled by overly optimistic readings of the data: there is no mainstream Linux desktop market yet.… Read more