Wondering about the title? It’s in reference to a comment made by Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik that Linux on the desktop is “like teenage sex. Everybody’s talking about it, but nobody’s doing it.”
Not necessarily the comparison I would have drawn. Maybe it’s like soccer: big in Europe, but not glitzy enough for American crowds.
I wouldn’t agree entirely that no one is doing desktop Linux. Certainly there aren’t many. Novell recently launched BetterDesktop.org as an area for shared usability research. Check out the data section for some videos of first time Linux users performing routine tasks on a Novell desktop. There is some valuable insight here, and some of the people’s reactions are very funny. (Finding Firefox installed as the default browser, for example)
I will agree with Szulik on the point that the Windows desktop might not be the main reason people stay with Windows. OpenOffice is neat, but using it for an MS Office user can be very challenging. Unseating these legacy applications seems to be the biggest challenge for Linux in the desktop and larger enterprise market.