Re: Year of the Linux desktop?
I agree that Mint is stable enough for true desktop use. I run a business using Mint 18.3, which also covers the household computing. No Windows, no problems, for me.
Mint could provide a desktop for the masses, and doesn't need any particulay "year" in which to do so. What's required is an end to the business agreements that force every PC buyer to purchase a Windows license. All Windows' domination flows from that: The games, the corporate hegemony, all of it. However, the tech giants do not want to rock the boat, for now, and you can hardly blame them.
Personally, I quite like the current situation. We Linux gurus can enjoy being contrarians while also having full control of our tech experiece. More seriously, it is good to have two systems in competition. The losers are those Windows users who have a poor computing experience. When family and friends ask for PC help, they often talk about problems which simply wouldn't arise in the Linux world.
Don't flame an old penguin. As I say, I'm happy with Windows, I just don't use it personally. And I like Bill Gates and Microsoft generally, for all that they have done.