I've been writing about the year of the Linux desktop for at least five years at this point. So far, the majority of the progress seems to be coming from Ubuntu.
What's amazing to me is that more hardware companies don't spend time on the Linux desktop. No matter how good a PC or laptop may be, you are pretty much stuck on Windows. Unless you get a Mac. Then you have limited hardware choices. Seems like a huge opportunity considering the rise of browser-based applications.
Besides the lack of a few important applications, namely MS office and the Adobe suite there isn't much that you can't do on Linux. And considering there are viable replacements for both of those products, what's holding things back? User experience seems to be one answer.
Good looks go a long way according to Mark Shuttleworth.
"I think the great task in front of us in the next two years is to lift the experience of the Linux desktop from something stable and usable and not pretty, to something that's art," Shuttleworth said.
Via The Register