First it was IBM with a $1 Billion investment, and now there are high hopes by Intel. Linux has significantly increased lately with regards to popularity around the world. This is showing clearly as multi- millionaire professional companies such as IBM, and now Intel, and even Nvidia, are showing much more interest investing in Linux Systems than ever before.
It is known that Intel had, (and still have) very close connections with Microsoft, however, quoting Intel,
"Windows has declined while Linux has rose."
"Outside of the community, most people don't see Linux's impact. Linux is usually invisible. When you go to any large Web site--Google, Facebook, Twitter--you're using Linux."
If we were to refine Intel's Original quote, it would be like this,
"The year of Linux DESKTOP is Here."