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 the official Linux Foundation account:

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:

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. Doesn’t he?

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

It would be! Of course, it would 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.

The 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 TheĀ Linux Foundation’s apathy towards desktop Linux.

Lately, The 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 do that, The Linux Foundation has neglected the desktop Linux it seems. Remember that they give free Chromebooks 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 The 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.

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  • I have been using Linux since 2013, I did this after I got really fed up with Windows. First I had Ubuntu14, Then I upgraded to Ubuntu16..After a while Ubuntu16 started to act..Disconnects WI-fi for no reason, Had to reboot the computer to re-establish the WI-fi connection. Since I am not a computer expert (I work in Manufacturing) I ditched Ubuntu and am now using Manjaro KDE. But I have to keep a laptop with windows in it -so I can run programs that cannot be run on Manjaro. This takes a considerable amount of my time and energy.
    In order for the Linux desktop OS to thrive-The community and the software suppliers should do more to support programs to run on Linux OS.
    For starters I only use Windows to run just 3 software programs namely:
    Lima App for personal cloud, VPN client for Windscribe and a Video Editing software.(uses webcam to make small videos)
    Maybe Jim Zemlin has similar issues and that may be why he is running
    OS X, which is much more stable than Windows.

  • To be effective in a product you have to believe in a product. Someone told me that one, and if you don’t then your basically a car salesman who doesn’t speak on authority about the product your just a salesman trying to sell something. Yes obviously he has ever right to use a Mac or Windows PC but if Cook from Apple or Nadella from Microsoft did not use their companies respective products. It definitely would raise some eye brows, and rightly so.

    • Let’s be clear – for many years when he returned to Apple, Steve Jobs did NOT use a Mac, he used a Toshiba Tecra. I launched MacOS X into Europe and had to use a Tecra in the early days. Most folks who use linux desktop do not use as a ‘bare’ metal’ device, they run it on some form of VM. Let’s celebrate the growth of Linux and the adoption of Open Source broadly across all vendors.

  • Yeah, that is extreme lameness. I run Ubuntu as the sole OS on my MBP Retina, and I don’t work for the Linux foundation. Should be replaced.

  • Isn’t OSx based on Linux? Isn’t OSx “just another front end” on the linux operating system, with the exception that it costs a huge amount of money, and runs on proprietary hardware? Linux is linux. It doesn’t matter if its ubuntu, debian, RasperyPi’s whatever or OSx.