Slate on Linux surpassing Macs as the #2 desktop OS. He’s right, Linux will surpass the Mac, if it hasn’t already. But Apple doesn’t need to worry, Microsoft does. Few people are trying to decide between a Mac and Linux — they’re deciding between Linux and Windows. The appeal of the Mac is great design and usability, something nobody will beat Apple at anytime soon. Certainly not Linux. Not even the wealthy Microsoft has been able to match Apple on that turf. But Windows is not well-designed, so it’s clearly susceptible to Linux’s similarly-poorly-designed GUI.