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Intel: The year of the Linux desktop is here

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The Sept. 18 LinuxCon keynote sessions were kicked off by Intel CTO and Linux kernel developer Dirk Hohndel who said that client computing today is mostly Linux. Thanks to Android on smartphones and tablets, plus the rise of Chromebooks, Intel sees Linux as the leading end-user operating system.

Hohndel admitted that "in 1999 he was the first to predict the 'Year of the Linux desktop.' Predictions are hard," he continued wryly, "especially about the future. But if I changed it from the year of Linux desktop and changed it to a decade and a half from now client computing will be mostly Linux, which has happened."

Intel is singing a different tune from when the company, thanks to its close Microsoft partnership known as Wintel. Hohndel was simply saying what Goldman Sachs and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have already reported: Windows has declined while Linux has rose.

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