The Year of the Linux Desktop is not going to happen

Phil Robb
I chatted with Ohio LinuxFest Open Source Solutions Stage speaker, Phil Robb – manager of HP’s Open Source Program Office. The discussion took us through his talk This is the Year of the Irrelevance of the Desktop, what it was like to work with Saturday AM keynote speaker: Stormy Peters, and the great HP raffle prizes.

Phil started out the discussion by saying something that may shock you all: The Year of the Linux Desktop is NOT going to happen. Don’t throw tomatoes at him as he says this again at the Open Source Solutions Stage on Saturday at 11 A.M. Hear him out.

HP Mini 2102Tablets, slates, and smartphones are growing markets as the traditional desktop market is not growing. Phil believes in a future
where many of our work day tasks are completed via rapid input with those devices ubiquitously at our sides. HP is very successful in selling Linux-based netbooks – mostly in emerging markets such as China and India. These devices are fun and simple to use for both parents and kids. Can Linux enjoy the glory of the rush to the mobile platform? So far, Linux-based Android and HP’s Palm WebOS platforms have been seen in market share reports by classifying them as separate from the Linux category. Phil exclaims “These are Linux too!” It is time that we celebrate the success of Linux on mobile platforms and fret no-more on winning the Linux desktop.

Palm PreWill we have freedom on these tiny Internet-based devices which are rapidly replacing the desktop? This is a high-priority concern for Phil. Content delivery, especially for movies, music, books, and applications are key to the success of the usability of these platforms. Products are bought rapidly for a few dollars or less with a few taps of the screen in the online store. While this is convenient, the choices available in these marketplaces is typically censored by the content provider. Worse, clever developers who unlock the power of the hardware of these devices to enable GPS or tethering are served cease-and-desist from the manufacturers. Phil is pleased to say the the WebOS platform is the most open mobile platform out there. Palm has made it easy for developers to write Free software for WebOS via the WebOS-Internals community. Unlike most mobile platforms, free distribution of WebOS applications outside the sanctioned application stores is encouraged.

HP’s commitment to freedom is strong.

The concern for freedom on is shared by the Ohio LinuxFest keynote speaker, Stormy Peters. She is concerned about the information ownership in no-cost cloud-based applications. It is not surprising that Phil and Stormy agree on Freedom. Phil and Stormy are friends from their work together at HP and their shared interest in hockey. Yes, Stormy Peters plays roller and ice hockey. How awesome is that!

If you care about freedom too, join us at the Ohio LinuxFest where we
will give away 5 Linux-based HP Palm Pre phones and 3 HP Mini 2102 netbooks.

The Ohio LinuxFest September 10-12, 2010 is where we will answer the question, “How will FREE change the world?” Phil Robb from HP is changing the paradigm of “desktop” and mobilizing our freedom with Linux-based HP products.

Phil started out the discussion by saying something that may shock you all: The Year of the Linux Desktop is NOT going to happen. Don’t throw tomatoes at him as he says this again at the Open Source Solutions Stage on Saturday at 11 A.M. Hear him out.

HP Mini 2102Tablets, slates, and smartphones are growing markets as the traditional desktop market is not growing. Phil believes in a future
where many of our work day tasks are completed via rapid input with those devices ubiquitously at our sides. HP is very successful in selling Linux-based netbooks – mostly in emerging markets such as China and India. These devices are fun and simple to use for both parents and kids. Can Linux enjoy the glory of the rush to the mobileĀ  platform? So far, Linux-based Android and HP’s Palm WebOS platforms have been seen in market share reports by classifying them as separate from the Linux category. Phil exclaims “These are Linux too!” It is time that we celebrate the success of Linux on mobile platforms and fret no-more on winning the Linux desktop.

Palm PreWill we have freedom on these tiny Internet-based devices which are rapidly replacing the desktop? This is a high-priority concern for Phil. Content delivery, especially for movies, music, books, and applications are key to the success of the usability of these platforms. Products are bought rapidly for a few dollars or less with a few taps of the screen in the online store. While this is convenient, the choices available in these marketplaces is typically censored by the content provider. Worse, clever developers who unlock the power of the hardware of these devices to enable GPS or tethering are served cease-and-desist from the manufacturers. Phil is pleased to say the the WebOS platform is the most open mobile platform out there. Palm has made it easy for developers to write Free software for WebOS via the WebOS-Internals community. Unlike most mobile platforms, free distribution of WebOS applications outside the sanctioned application stores is encouraged.

HP’s commitment to freedom is strong.

The concern for freedom on is shared by the Ohio LinuxFest keynote speaker, Stormy Peters. She is concerned about the information ownership in no-cost cloud-based applications. It is not surprising that Phil and Stormy agree on Freedom. Phil and Stormy are friends from their work together at HP and their shared interest in hockey. Yes, Stormy Peters plays roller and ice hockey. How awesome is that!

If you care about freedom too, join us at the Ohio LinuxFest where we
will give away 5 Linux-based HP Palm Pre phones and 3 HP Mini 2102 netbooks.

The Ohio LinuxFest September 10-12, 2010 is where we will answer the question, “How will FREE change the world?” Phil Robb from HP is changing the paradigm of “desktop” and mobilizing our freedom with Linux-based HP products.

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2 Responses to The Year of the Linux Desktop is not going to happen

  1. Lennie says:

    OK, this all sounds very nice. But I’m not impressed when I click the links to the netbooks, all I can choose to run on these is Windows 7. #fail

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