And it all comes down to a lot of people’s biggest pet peeve with Linux which never seems to go away, and that is incompatibility with Windows apps. and Windows machines.
So in a sense, people who proclaim that every year will be the year of Linux would’ve initially been happy to see a large city government try to move away from Windows, but they ran into the issue of having to build their own apps. from the ground up which essentially meant it became more costly to run than Windows. The decision is not final yet, but the strength of the consideration means that dumping Tux is a likely possibility.
If the Linux people ever want to see that ‘year of Linux’ then it would indeed need to have a larger ability to interact with machines running different OS’s as well as find ways to develop and improve applications that people will likely use on a daily basis (as in, the Linux equivalent of common Windows apps. are still generally inferior for the majority of cases).
Just to note, I did think at one point that Linux might start gaining more appeal with the Win8 debacle and the rise of Linux Mint, but it looks to me like Windows 9 fixes a lot of what was wrong with 8 and thus is looking more like that will be my next OS.
So then, with this news coming out, does this mean a devastating blow for the hopefully increased adoption of Linux or a slight speed bump?