The "Year of the Desktop" has been a perennial call to arms that's sunken into a
joke that's way past its expiration date. We frequently talk about
the "Year of the Desktop", but we don't really talk about how we would
achieve that goal. What does the "Year of the Desktop" even look like?
What it comes down to is applications—rather, a market for applications.
There is no market for applications because of a number of cultural
artifacts that began when the Free Software was just getting up on wobbly legs.