> It's interesting how we've moved from "Linux is junk" to "Linux isn't significantly better than Windows"
Can't it be both?
Right now it is not significantly better than Windows so it is on the level of junk for most software vendors. There's simply no market sense in creating Linux software.
> But to deny that many other people are successfully using it as a desktop (including 15K or so people in Munich) is just being obnoxious.
Munich migration is a story in itself. They did save some money, but at the same time it required a multiyear project with lots of high-level system administrators.
Again, I'm saying that I'm extremely pessimistic about Linux on desktop. The time for that is long past. But there are new markets that are within Linux's grasp, and it would be wise to think what was done incorrectly in the "battle for the desktop" and try to avoid doing these mistakes in future.