Because a good portion of the people wasting their time on desktop
Linux could be put to use writing software for embedded devices,
Android applications etc.
Something that could actually help Linux.
How come it doesn't show then?
The programs for the most part are crappy and fragmented, the help
systems and documentation are awful and so forth.
The best Linux applications are the cross platform ones like Open
Office or Gimp. Both fine pieces of software IMHO on Linux or
The only thing keeping Linux alive as a desktop system is the "5
minutes of fame" situation, which is one reason there are 500+
distributions, and the fact that Linux is free and cost, for the
most part, nothing but time to develop (Debian, Slackware etc) so it
isn't constrained by classic commercial software business practices.
You can try and spin it all you want, in the scheme of things Linux
is a stinker.
It's a failure.
If this was a commercial enterprise, it would be out of business.
That's really the only thing keeping Linux alive as a desktop
The fact that it is free.
Personally, if *I* were running the show, I would combine the
resources of SuSE, Redhat, Ubuntu, Fedora and create one master
super version of desktop Linux.
I would encourage all the "5 minutes of fame by creating your own
distribution" people to stop wasting their time and start coding for
Android, embedded and server applications for Linux.
Could you imagine if all that man(and woman) power was focused and
organized with true leadership instead of being scattered all over
the place all in the name of "choice"?
It would be *incredible*.
And it would be Microsoft's worst nightmare.
Just some thoughts.
Desktop Linux doesn't suck, it's just ignored.
Here are Linux desktop usage figures: