Miguel de Icaza, a central figure in the development of the Linux desktop environment GNOMe, says the open Web is now a greater concern than free software.

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As Apple's operating system emerges, Linux stalls

Open-source system has found a home on data-center servers, but not captured the public

One creator says developers who could have pushed Linux have defected

At Mozilla Foundation, focus is now on Web development

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It’s hard to say exactly what percentage of desktop and laptop computers run Apple OS X, but it’s clear that the operating system has made slow but steady gains at chipping away at that the sizable lead Microsoft established in the ’90s with its Windows operating system. Some figures put the number at about 6 to 7 percent of the desktop market.