Despite the many strides being made in the desktop interface for Linux, most of LinuxWorld Expo remains focused on enterprise and server-side uses. Nat Friedman, CEO of Ximian, isn't worried, however. He remains confident that Linux will continue to infiltrate the desktop via "creeping insinuation," one PC at a time. As the Linux desktop grows more intuitive, Unix users and, later, other desktop devotees will switch to Linux, Friedman says.
Still, Friedman says it may be another 18 months before Linux finally makes serious inroads on the desktop, and his sentiment is echoed by Eazel's Herzfeld. Only time will tell whether initiatives such as Nautilus and Evolution will spur Linux's adoption as a desktop operating system, but it can no longer be said that Linux's Open Source community is ignoring end users. Technology from Eazel and Ximian will be freely available, and will likely ship with future versions of the various Linux distributions.