With Dell's recent decision to ship Linux on the desktop, everyone -- including IT Business Edge blogger Rob Enderle -- is pulling out his or her crystal ball to predict whether this will be the year in which desktop Linux actually takes off.
For Linux on the mobile phone, says ABI Research director Stuart Carlaw, the question is not "if," but "when." And how does the research firm answer that question? 2012, according to this MobileTechNews piece on ABI's latest report. By that time, more than 127 million mobile devices will boast Linux operating systems, and on more than 76 million additional devices, Linux will be the real-time operating system replacement of choice.
The market fragmentation that has blocked -- or at least slowed -- Linux adoption on mobile devices in the past is dissipating, MobileTechNews reports. Vendors in the space have apparently decided that collaborating is better for everyone.