Firstly, and that is important: I really appreciate the work of everyone involved in Ubuntu, Gnome, the Linux Kernel and everyone else, building and contributing to the open source and the whole Linux community.
I’m not a programmer, but I’m quite good at finding design flaws, logic faults and especially problems in workflows – always the ordinary end-user in mind. At least I try, not because I want to tell the developers everything what’s wrong, but to find out what needs to be done, to go further.
This is very end-user oriented: The people, who have no idea of the technology behind it, and do not even want to know. They just want a PC to work, play and get stuff done.
I’m (like many) waiting for “The year of the Linux desktop” for years now, but it does not seem to get off the ground. The Chrome OS is getting more and more users, but like Android, it is a very customized system, not a real Linux anymore.
So, the question was of course: why is that so? There are so many distributions with all the benefits: free, secure, open-source, fast, stable… or, is it? Thanks to Steam, you also can play some more games, the graphics drivers got better and better, a lot of other stuff now just works out of the box, like printers, scanner, webcams, graphics-tablets, touchscreens, touchpads and so on.
But why is there still a problem?
They say Linux is hard to grasp. Not understandable and with all that terminals, complicated. Sure, Linux is just a synonym for the Linux desktop, also I don’t find it too complicated to install and work with Ubuntu. But I’m a kind of pro-user, but not a developer or hacker… so I also don’t want to spend a lot of time in the terminal. But I do. And I would like to avoid that. And most of the time I work with Microsoft Windows 10, for several reasons. All of this is written and designed in Windows, using Google Drive, WordPress on my webserver via Chrome and Adobe XD for designing.
The possible problem behind all of this is more: the possible problems. It seems to be a whole series of tasks that need to be done, to get the Linux Desktop on track and a lot of force to move it into the year of the Linux desktop. At least maybe.
But there are a lot of opportunities for the Linux desktop, like the more and more important task of not to spy on the user (before the user finally gets used to it…), to be the system for people who cannot or won’t spend money for the OS and for people appreciating the open source thinking. And all three combined: be the free system for companies/governments, that does not spy on you and which you can customize the way you want to.
So let’s start things, to create the first steps.
Hope you will understand my point of view and you have a good couple of minutes to read all of my work.