Q: When will you know its finally a time to start looking ahead for the year of linux desktop?
A: When you find a proper linux nay KDE4 based computer being sold at local super market.
Yesterday i went for weekly grocery shopping in the local super market "Big Bazzar". At the entrance i was quickly annoyed by a salesman offering some pamphlet about a computer, whom i quickly gave a very frustrated look and walked passed him completely ignoring his product. But while doing this i had forgotten to pick up my shopping cart, and hence i turned around again. Suddenly something in the corner of the eye caught my attention. "Hey something usually only seen in my bedroom has appeared in the Big Bazzar" i remember thinking.
And yes there it was, a shiny black KDE4.1 start menu on one of the monitors. The sales man was actually trying to sell a product by kompkin.com which is making education oriented PC's for kids, built on top of KDE desktop. How great was that? a pune local supermarket selling KDE!!! and not just for the sake of getting replaced by Windoze later. It was fully loaded, with a cool-dock at the top and kicker, oops a plasma panel at the bottom. everything from kde-edu to kstars to wikipedia preloaded.