Every year, someone invariably says that particular year will be the “Year of the Linux Desktop”. It's been said so much that it has become somewhat of a gag, with people laughing at the notion more than anything else.

To date all predictions about Linux overtaking any significant portion of user's desktops have fallen flat for one reason or another. Still, Linux through various iterations of distros has managed to grab a stable user base that does grow – if slowly. Lately, the most recent statistics from Net Applications indicate that the number of Linux users on the Internet has actually in the viability of the Linux desktop.