Desktop Linux Adoption: An Introspection
Daily I scan the headlines for more evidence of desktop Linux adoption. With more and more manufacturers offering pre-installed Linux, I have an increasingly sound basis for my hope. Many times I have asked myself, "is this finally the year of Linux on the desktop?"
Of late, however, I have been consumed by a different question: Why do I want the market share of desktop Linux to increase?
Among Linux enthusiasts (with whom I count myself) there is a stated desire to see the market share of our favorite product increase. No longer the choice only of hobbyists, we want Linux to be the number one choice of generic consumers as well. But why do I share that goal?
Am I a Free Software evangelist like Richard Stallman? Do I possess an altruistic urge to spread software freedom to all computer users? Am I an Open Source evangelist like Bruce Perens?