One thing that occurred to me is this. Linux does not have a coherent

MS struggles with that too, but with their latest attempt they may
succeed in providing a unified user interface.

For what ever reason, Linux does not catch on to the normal user and so
MS&Apple still rule the desktop.
To me thats fine. I have my Linux desktop working for me.

Now with a new year starting, it will be interesting to see if we will
see some

One thing i wonder though. Will there every be another DE? It seems KDE or
Gnome are the only choices. XFCE and LXDE are more or less the same just
as pretty, but faster.
Or Unity of course, but thats just for one distro so far.