The battle to position Linux on the desktop has always been tenuous. Because the OEM relationships, discussed by Walter (read Why Linux on the Desktop is Wrong) and marketing dollars will always promote the proprietary solutions. However, the advancement of mobile devices and the major shift to cloud based data storage and applications delivery means that the "desktop" space is perhaps no longer an area worth fighting to gain a share. Many corporations and government departments are already getting this point. Devices that offer their staff flexibility and mobility are becoming essential tools, not just cutting edge tech toys. There is strong evidence to support that even more leaders will opt to allow devices to replace the core tools currently used, as seen with the trend to Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD).