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Guest Article: Why 2016 is the year of the Linux Desktop (LD) and Microsoft is going to be the biggest in LD.



Summary: An exclusive article about the future of the Linux Desktop (LD) -- an article from Jaoquin Grosmann

In the seamless neverending LD discussion we don't get the facts. Largely because of the faulty statistics presented to us by the different research companies, obviously with their hands tied to that other company so often convicted for criminal acts in every continent.



"But even democracies and the people themselves see the importance of being free of extortion, privacy and freedom of information."Well, it's already happening but just not under our nose. It's happening in the East, in countries like China with astonishing statistics on Ubuntu Kylin, and in Russia, India, Philippines, Indonesia but also in Brazil and many other countries. And the pace will increase since Snowden showed there is no alternative to security. Both for state and business but also for civilian user data that could be used in the future for extortion when this person acquires an important position. So obviously the (forced) transformation can be seen first with the (semi) dictatorship countries, where the state can dictate. But even democracies and the people themselves see the importance of being free of extortion, privacy and freedom of information. In contradiction with those 'statistics' the acceleration of the LD market share can be seen almost everywhere.

In their panic to keep market share, that other company is pushing their 10 version for free, and pushing it against our will, even when we try to block that. Although many resist, resistance is futile against that new 'free' spyware. They too understand they are in their last moments with that other kernel and have started to incorporate the Linux kernel within it, so there will be an hybrid period where everything works well; our software and theirs. They already ported their cash cow to work with both to provide a smooth transition. A transition period they'll try to extend until most of their acolytes are over to their data harvesting advertisement platform. After that, there is no use of maintaining that other kernel. That's when the final transformation to the Linux kernel will take place. The most interesting thing will be that the average user will not even notice they'll use Linux with a Microsoft Desktop flavor on top of it.

"In their panic to keep market share, that other company is pushing their 10 version for free, and pushing it against our will, even when we try to block that."However, as the superior marketing machine - not software company - they always were they'll reign the beginning of the Linux DT period too, even asking money for it because the average PC buyer will pay for that fake guarantee stamp. And don't be mistaken: they'll be there kind of like Oracle is. Not really necessary but out of laziness and convenience. Until a couple of recessions further, nobody is willing to pay the Microsoft taxes after which they'll either be successfully transformed into a real software company or cease to exist and be taken over like a Nokia.

Meanwhile we will see in the very close future two other LD's take over, or maybe one.

"Fortunately, the freedom within the platform will provide us with so many faces we'll not recognize the similarity."ChromeOS with the modified Linux kernel is nearing total market takeover in education in the US, and other parts of the world are following, due to the superior ease of use, security, Apps and most of all, unrivaled maintenance. Next week we'll hear the merge with Android and that will give an even harder growth push, while on the other hand already lone Android All-in-Ones are arriving. Why should we keep a very close eye on this matter? Because the true reason of the decline of desktop computers and the rise of tablets is not only because of the handy format. As important, it is because of the lack of knowledge needed to use them. No more update, upgrade, registry, anti-virus anti-whatever, firewall, knowledge needed anymore. Just click the symbol and use the App. And that's the reason the average user chooses tablets instead of that frustrating object on the desk where booting almost always results in question for maintenance not understood by the average user. And now that is not necessary anymore.

In the next couple of years we will see an unprecedented rise and dominance of Linux that will eat almost every other platform away. With a global budget of dozens of billions of Euros yearly, with the Linux tentacles without exception in every platform and every market there is, with a price and freedom unmatched, it is even sad to say there will be nothing else to survive.

Fortunately, the freedom within the platform will provide us with so many faces we'll not recognize the similarity.

In time, newer, superior, safer kernels will, and already have, arrived. But, that again will take decades to take the world.

~ Jaoquin Grosmann ~

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