Ubuntu Studio is a version of Ubuntu especially for audio production. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuStudio
I've experimented with Linux at length, because I too like the philosophy of openness. Unfortunately, the result of this openness is that it's extremely hard to get anything done, and most of the really useful software is not available. I've given up trying to make it work for me. It's fun to experiment with. It has some of the benefits of Unix, with a few similarities to other GUI-based systems like Windows and Mac, but in my opinion it's not really a suitable operating system for anybody except programmers and people who work primarily in the command line.
You're right that Windows is still the biggest platform, but the situation is changing. Not only is Windows losing market share to Mac OS and Linux, but more significantly, many people who used to use a standard Windows PC now use a tablet or even a smart phone instead. I know many people who now use their table for most "computing" tasks, and only use their desktop computer rarely, for things like printing out big documents, or filing tax returns. For other things, they use portable touch-interface devices. The world of personal computing is changing.
You don't have to like Apple or use their products -- as we said we each get to use what we like -- but to dismiss their influence in the world of computing is silly. They are not only the largest computing company in the world, not only the biggest technology company in the world, but the biggest company of any kind, and still growing.
Well regarding the usability of linux it all has to do with that what kind of people who use linux..it is mostly people who are familiar with command line..
to make it more easy friendly I Think is not the hardest part... the only thing that would make linux go more in that direction would be if more normal people with no ultra skills use linux well anyway Linux has a lot to work on... Android is based on linux...
As a mac user like you are I can understand that you think apple is growing, I am a windows users I see myself that more people is using windows,
Apple is losing users to android every day, their market share is going to android every day...
It is true a lot of people are using a tablet instead of a laptop or desktop, but I can tell you the reality is also that is in many ways because of economical reasons... Because people really want a smartphone and a tablet they can't simply afford or they do not prioritize to get a laptop and desktop.
Hybrids will become more popular in 2014 a lot of new hybrid products will be released... I think that is a good compromise.. To write on a smartphone or a tablet will for me forever be a compromise on a touch display.
The future of desktop computers...I wonder where it will be. For office and business it will still be the main device..as before.. I just know a lot of people prioritize a tablet or smartphone...
I just find the desktop a totally superior tool for multiasking and general creativity and producticity what I can get remotly close on any touch based unit.
To write and do most task is not effortless as on a computer. On a computer I can write with my eyes close, it requires no mental effort, while writing on a touch gives me both mental and also physical pain it is not as effortless.
I like to tablet for what it is good for but it does also irritated me when I see people outside flashing around with their expensive ipad and show it off like some kind of superior thing, a tablet is a compromise in favour for portability nothing more then that, it is good to surf on tablet optimized pages but can also be a real pain and struggle, on many pages.
With how the things are developeing I am not sure who will use the desktop. Kids today that are 4 years old are groing up with tablets.. so of course this generation..will be different... Most of my female friends have no laptop cause they can't want afford one because they have to upgrade their iphone every second year. But it seem atleast almost all my friends want atleast a laptop..but again think they want a laptop cause it is multi use you can use both at home and when you are out., I think is mostly because of economic reasons people do not priortize desktop..simply too many devices now... smartphone...tablet..laptop..desktop..before you only had laptop and desktop..
Personalyl nothing beats the desktop experience it makes all senses harmonic to just sit down in an relaxing chair with a big widescreen monitor and a great mouse and keyboard it is effortless, just space out to good musice effortlessly, when I use touch based devices I find it very hard to keepy myself in this effortless state of mind, it is always a constant pain to write, words are getting wrong all the the time, wrong spelled etc.. Touch based keyboards today have addressed this problem by designing them and that they are made to write terrible on them cause the keyboard will predict what you want to write...I do not really care to write very good on my smartphone cause I think the chance is big that the keyboard will correct sometimes wrong but more oftenly it will predict totally wrong word...all this give me a frustrating experience... It is only with a desktop and with my big wide screen display I really feel relaxed... atleast doing multi tasking stuff.. for simplier stuff smartphone and tablet is ok..but when you try to be productive and multi task it gets quickly frustrating.