I was browsing Distrowatch this morning just having a look at what is new in the world of Linux. Something hit me when I was looking at the list of distributions and their page hit ranking (don’t actually take notice of the ranking personally). Most of the distributions are desktop based. Yes you have RedHat, CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu (last two make good desktop distros too) and a couple of others which are server based but the majority are desktop distributions.
As the PC market is shrinking and more people turn to tablets and smartphones to access the internet and carry out their tasks is Linux in danger of becoming marginalised and only being used on a shrinking platform?
Now before anyone mentions it I know about Ubuntu and Mozilla pushing into smartphones and the strength of Linux based servers and I am not disputing this. I also know that Android is opensource (ish) but do we really need another Ubuntu based desktop distribution or should Linux now be aiming for the tablet world instead.
What do you think?
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