Where Does the Linux Desktop Go from Here?


It's no lie that the Linux desktop has been getting much better recently. Through technological and social shifts, the desktop we know today is a far cry from what it was ten years ago. Additionally, the users and contributors entering the space are younger, diverse, and more open than ever before. We'll explore how we got to now, the current trajetory of progress, and our thoughts on future challenges that our communities may face and potential solutions.

We'll cover:

  • How platform libraries like libadwaita and standards like portals drastrically improved the developer experience, leading to a renaissance of indie apps, and how we can take these improvements much further.
  • The implications of application distribution moving to a direct-to-consumer model, from the traditional distribution mediated approach, with its pros and cons.
  • The social shift in this space, through increased diversity of users and developers, as well as changes in group dynamics.
  • Emerging technoligies, predictions for the future, a little bit of fun, and so much more.

Through our talk, we hope we can inform about the exciting future of the Linux desktop, get outsiders (technical and non-technical) involved, and share our thoughts on how we can make the year of the Linux desktop finally happen.

Ballroom C
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 14:30 to 15:30