I found this one via HackerNews – a 2003 article on what Linux needs for “world domination”, written by Hugh Fisher.
If Linux is to achieve world domination, it must have One Frickin’ User Interface (1FUI): a single user experience / interface behaviour and a single underlying UI toolkit API / widget set. World domination means putting Linux into corporations, schools, PDAs, and cell phones. This will only happen with 1FUI, and if this upsets the nerds, too bad. History clearly shows that if a platform/system offers a choice of user interfaces, the potential users will choose a different system.
It’s almost 2015 now, and it turns out he was right. That “1FUI” is called whatever Android has, and it has made Linux the dominant player in the next big computer revolution. Linux does great in servers, embedded stuff, supercomputing, and utterly owns mobile computing (Apple people, the world is bigger than the US, UK, and Australia).
Linux didn’t need a ‘year of desktop Linux’ after all.
I view Android as just one UI among many. The difference between Android and i.e. KDE is that Android doesn’t have any X within it… but in the end it is just a Java based GUI on top of Linux. One out of many.
Linux distributions that made a choice between KDE and GNOME have not conquered the world. They are as much a counter example against the 1FUI theorem as that Android is a confirmation.