Linux on Consumer Desktops? Not yet! Not any time soon?

Its no big surprise, if you have ever used linux based desktop and you are not a geek. But for those who believe that open source can beat stalwarts like Microsoft and Apple in UI design, its time to ack limitations.

Red Hat said it has dropped plans, disclosed last year, to develop a version of the Linux operating system for consumer PCs -- in part because of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s dominance over the market.

"The desktop market suffers from having one dominant vendor, and some people still perceive that today's Linux desktops simply don't provide a practical alternative," Red Hat officials said in a blog post Wednesday.

"Building a sustainable business around the Linux desktop is tough, and history is littered with example efforts that have either failed outright, are stalled, or are run as charities," they said.

Linux commands only about 1.2% of the desktop market in the United States, according to research group Gartner

Red Hat Drops Plans For Consumer Desktop Linux -- Linux -- InformationWeek


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