Originally Posted by Rakeesh
This is one of the most stupid things you've ever said. Of course it did. Several attempts were made several times. A few attempts I can recall offhand aimed at retail channels would be corel, mandrake, redhat, suse, and although ubuntu made no retail channel attempts, it IS trying to be a desktop OS.
From an actual market share point of view, no, Linux never really got seriously started in the desktop market because it's not sold on the shelves or properly shipped via OEMs. DELL did a half job. HP, well meh. The desktop is pretty pointless for Linux anyway, Redhat knew that years ago when they left the desktop distro(they still are a big contributor to the Linux desktop) and now make millions in server and support.
Redhat are the first Linux product company to make 1 billion.