Linux Foundation Head Calls 2017 ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’…. While Running Apple’s macOS Himself

Linux Foundation Head Calls 2017 ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’…. While Running Apple’s macOS Himself

Linux Foundation head uses MacOS


Open Source Summit 2017 is going on these days. Linux and Open Source biggies from across the globe have flocked to LA to attend this event.


Jim Zemlin, the executive director of The Linux Foundation, announced in the event, “2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!”. This is the tweet from official Linux Foundation account:



Zemlin: 2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop! #OSSummit


— The Linux Foundation (@linuxfoundation) September 11, 2017



This should not come as a surprise. The head of Linux Foundation calling 2017 the year of Linux desktop, what could possibly be wrong with that?


But here’s a catch! Jim Zemlin doesn’t use a Linux desktop. Perhaps, he hasn’t used a Linux desktop in years. And the worst thing is that he prepared his slides to announce 2017 the year of Linux desktop on an Apple device:



4 years later, @jzemlin is still rocking an iPad and doing his slides under MacOS


— Matthew Garrett (@mjg59) September 10, 2017



Matthew Garret is a security developer at Google and works extensively on Linux. And he is the same person who has spotted Jim Zemlin using Apple’s macOS twice in last four years.


Is it really a big deal that Linux Foundation head doesn’t use Linux desktop?


Perhaps I am creating unnecessary controversy. Perhaps this simply should be ignored. After all, he has the freedom of choice, freedom to choose his operating system. Isn’t it?


I mean would be a big deal if Coca Cola executive drinks Pepsi or if Apple’s head, Tim Cook, unveils the next iPhone while using a Microsoft Surface device?


It will be! Of course, it will be.


While Linux enthusiasts worldwide try to encourage people to start using Linux on their desktop, it is disheartening to see the head of Linux Foundation not using Linux on his desktop.


Linux Foundation doesn’t care about the Linux desktop?


I am not the first one to notice this. FOSS Force has already written an article about Linux Foundation’s apathy towards desktop Linux.


Lately, Linux Foundation has focused too much on the server side. Cloud, container and everything else that powers network infrastructure and it has done an excellent job in this regard.


Which is fine because Linux rules that domain. But in order to that, Linux Foundation has neglected the desktop Linux it seems. Remember that they give free Chromebook with their Linux training courses, not a ‘real Linux computer’.


It’s not like The Linux Foundation is short on money (at least that’s what I think). They have membership plans where big corporates join the board by paying millions of dollars. Then why is desktop Linux neglected?


Only Linux Foundation can answer that.


What do you think of it?


What do you think of the entire episode? Am I reading too much between the lines or my worries are legitimate?


Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.