Ever questioned yourself why Linux Desktop is not as widely used as other operating systems such as Windows and Mac? Linux is the one of the most powerful Operating Systems in the world, being open source, and much more. Here's a few points why Linux Desktop may have been left on the shelf.
Linux is Free and Open Source
That means, there's no big business behind it, and there are no companies pumping cash in order to promote it. Non - Technical people simply buy a computer which is eye- catching, probably running Microsoft Windows. They don't care what Operating System it is. I mean, for a non- technical person, why should he care if the computer's running Microsoft Windows or Linux? Microsoft, being a cash pump, advertises Windows so that our newly- bought PCs will be pre-installed with Windows. That way, non technical people may never realize that there are alternatives, and if they do, they would find them unfamiliar. Some people see their computer as a normal home appliance. They just care if it works or not.
Lack of Driver Support
Without being popular, it's understandable that Linux systems don't get much attention from hardware manufacturers. Some Hardware drivers are coded only for Windows or Mac, leaving Linux out of the list, particularly when it comes to gaming hardware. That makes any user, particularly a non technical one very upset, as they may not be able to maximize their PC's full capabilities.
With Windows Vista and above, it's too easy for Windows to install your new devices. Some of us have even lost the idea of acquiring drivers for our specific devices. Everything with Windows is "Plug and Play"
A Less User-Friendly Environment
Versions like Ubuntu have somewhat reached a User - Friendly environment, but still not enough to reach what Windows and MAC have achieved.
Less Software Opportunities
If one tries Linux over Windows, one might have to ask whether the software used on his Windows PC run on Linux, and that is a problem. You are able to find alternative applications for Linux, however not the original application. That way, you might have to adapt to tons of new software which you use everyday, and that is frustrating at first. Moreover, some file types may just not work with alternatives, so you maybe unable to access your work done on Windows.
When we talk about buying software for PC or Games for PC, our mind constantly thinks about Windows. No one considers that the term 'Software for PC' does not mean 'Software for all kinds of Operating Systems that might be Operating on your PC' but it's just for Windows and MAC. If you go to buy a video game, you don't expect it to run on a Linux System.
Linux Communities may be helpful, however not to everyone.
There are loads of Linux communities out there which are willing to help everyone, especially new users. However, they might not realize that new users are too "Non- Technical" people coming from Windows. People who adapted on Windows, find it difficult to use the terminal and the CLI interface. It is why they just then give up and keep using Operating Systems like Windows.
But is Linux Desktop that unpopular?
On a PC? Yes it is. Linux only holds about 2% of the desktop Operating Systems share.
Some of us use a Linux System without even noticing. On Mobile Devices, Android is practically a Linux OS, holding a market share of about 55%. So now we know that if efforts are doubled on Desktop PC Linux, just like the efforts made to bring up Android, Linux may be able to start competing with other Operating Systems.