sure everyone grown tired of hearing how Ubuntu must be the big savior of Linux, but I firmly believe, in this case, it might well be a truth some will just have to swallow.
This blog was the result of an article he read that said
...something a bit disturbing. Sometime around December the iPad iOS ranked above Linux in the listing of desktop operating systems. I really couldn’t believe it. A mobile OS was being used more than the Linux OS on the desktop. I wanted to discard it as just another marketing scam, but it turns out there was fact backing it up.
I would guess the fact in the article he read must have summed iOS on iPhones, iPads, and iTouch's.
I did not realize Linux was in need of salvation. I guess his blog brings us back to the arguments about who cares how popular Linux is and if it needs to be bigger than OS X or Windows. Linux is not depending on increased users to drive sales which would increase revenue, so in a sense the numbers do not matter. As a personal preference I hope the use of Linux does burgeon,as I realize that an increase in users may eventually lead to an increase in developers. This growth would lead to a better Linux and better applications.
The benefit he sees in Unity is this
With the upcoming release of Natty, Ubuntu could take advantage of that ever-popular Something new. Ubuntu 11.04 does have something new to offer and it’s something I believe the public is ready for. Canonical has, for the longest time, been perched on a precipice that could serve as a serious launchpad for Linux.
Linux has been my primary OS for less than 3 years. I am not a developer, so have made no contributions in improving code. I hope I have improved the user experience of some few with my contributions here. I will continue using Linux even if there are more Symbian users than Linux users. I have no problem with Linux growing. I do not have the attitude of an xkcd character who did not want more people using linux because he would no longer be cool. I hope thee are always choices available that allow me to avoid "dumbed down" systems.