According to data analytics company Net Market Share, Linux desktop usage has reached 2%. This is a first time achievement for the open source operating system.
This number does not count Android as Linux. That suggests that more users are flocking to the traditional Linux desktop (or that a lower percentage are using others).
Does this mean Linux has reached a point where it can replace Windows and Mac OS X for the average user?
As a native Windows user who switched to Linux several years ago, I’d say the answer is yes! Let me tell you why.
1. Linux is Easy
2. The Desktop is Polished
Not just polished. Innovative! Beautiful!! Linux desktop environments have reached a point where they are comparable to their commercial counterparts. Not only that. In some ways, they’re more innovative.
3. You Can Do Anything from a Browser
Many of us spend most of our computer time inside a browser. Web apps make it possible to watch video, edit documents, and file your taxes. At this point, millions of people can get by using only a browser. The success of Chromebooks bears this out.
Thanks to the success of the web, it almost doesn’t even matter what software is available for Linux, as long as you can get online.