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Open Source Will Rule When Desktops Go the Way of the Dinosaurs

By: Jessica Marcel - Published: Oct 10, 2009 • References: xkcd and crunchgear
Open source enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit in making open source the most popular operating system on desktops.

CrunchGear, however, says that the fight to win over desktop users is a futile one. This isn’t necessarily because open source is the territory of enthusiasts (and not of typical users), but because the death of the desktop is soon coming. Open source is trampling the competition on mobile platforms (hello Android) like netbooks and cell phones—and mobile platforms are the future. They’ve already made their mark in the present.

The death of the desktop will still take a while. And really, the immobile home platform probably won’t completely disappear. But trying to win over the desktop is like worrying if you’ll be a heavyweight in laser discs.