Every year, the same phrase appears: “This is the year of the Linux Desktop”. Unfortunately, it never is. But then you read something around and suddenly you realize the pace of the Linux Desktop:
Stuff that dates back to when the Linux world’s version of “usability” was providing X Window with a teal background and a penguin-branded start button. Stuff from before Rasterman, or the passage of time needed to make people nostalgic for CDE. From a time when people believed that one false step with XF86Config could explode your very monitor, and when it seemed like the most wonderful kind of magic to make a Soundblaster 16 Plug-N-Play croak “I pronounce Linux … Linux.”
I was there. It is not that long ago. We went from “I’ll use Windows 3.1 without a mouse than THIS” to “more eye candy than Windows Vista Premium Special Edition Signed Zero Alpha Plus” in around 5 years.