The ego has landed...
Because Michael Robertson failed at desktop Linux, he now implies in this article that Ubuntu and others will fail at it as well. In classic Robertson form, he's blaming Microsoft for HIS failure.
I have always said that Linspire failed because WE failed, myself included. Ubuntu and others just did things better. Yes, Linspire did a lot of things right, but we also did enough things wrong to never become the leader. We didn't lose out to Microsoft, but to Ubuntu, Fedor, OpenSUSE, and others.
Robertson's ego refused to accept this. Just because HE couldn't do it, doesn't mean others, far brighter than him, won't be able to succeed (and already are).
Michael is like the guy who runs a 9-minute mile saying it must be impossible to run a 4-minute mile.
Desktop Linux certainly CAN succeed, and I'd encourage those who are involved to not listen to this defeatist attitude. Apple is finding success on the desktop, why not Linux?
To err is human, to admit it divine.