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Which distro will dominate the desktop area for the next 18 months?
ASKED: May 12, 2004  10:48 AM
UPDATED: August 19, 2013  10:39 AM

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For the Linux desktop, I see RedHat as the current leader, with SuSE coming from behind and taking a firm lead in the coming months. I expect SuSE (Novell) to start gaining the lions share of the desktop market by the end of the 18 month period.

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  • Dbruno
    I have to agree with Kevin, but IMHO, Mepis *should* be the frontrunner. I haven't found a desktop-oriented distro as easy to install (easier than Windows), or as stable once it's up and running. And, despite the 128mb of RAM needed for the install (the pretty gui & autoconfigure processes that make it so easy to install), it runs just fine on aged boxes cobbled together from spare parts. If Mepis had decent marketing/publicity and distribution, they'd conquer pretty quickly.
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  • Hexram
    Maybe I am not the best person to answer this kind of questions because of my absolute lack of ESP, so I will try to share my "gut feeling" and nothing else. My sympathy goes to Kevin in the sense that I don't think it is easy to lose your actual indisputed first place unless you start collecting a bushel of business blunders, so I feel that RedHat will prevail during those 18 months; however, dbruno's point is interesting in the sense that someone can arrive suddenly to this scene, offering what is most needed to gain market's acceptance and come out as an unexpected winner, however hard I may think it to be (by the way, I haven't heard anything from Mepis before today). What I see as the big problem right now is the lack of stability in any Linux distribution due to the state of flux in which is inmersed the absolute majority of its components; you may be able to install and use any distribution you like, right now, with more or less amount of effort, but you cannot guarantee that you will remain in a productive state unless you refrain to upgrade any single item in your box, waiting for the next version of the same distribution and then crossing your fingers before doing an update.
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  • NicholasDonovan
    As far as Desktop Linux is concerned I would also consider Ioni's ION-E product. It has massive data failover capability and an excellent management console. The office suite and CRM/Sales Force Automation tools are built into the environment. Nick
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Red Hat server is more popular choice than Red Hat desktop. If the Q is for Linux desktop, I think, for desktop Fedora / Ubuntu/ Linux Mint / Suse best while at present scenario, Suse, Mint and Ubuntu dominating now other than OSs. Server based still now Red Hat is dominating while Suse / Debian also doing well.
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