That's fine with me. Less Malware to worry about.
As long as Linux user share stays below 5%, that'll probably hold true, unless someone gets hold of the Spectre & Meltdown code & targets Linux users of wealth (it's well known that many longtime Linux users has more education/disposable income over their Windows counterparts). However, Linus Torvalds happens to be way ahead of Microsoft in delivering fixes that are looking good and has openly shown (like Microsoft hasn't) that he's pissed at Intel. Linus sugarcoats nothing, is passionate in regards to his work, doesn't fear big name corporations because he doesn't lay in the bed with them & calls things as is, as should be. This happens to be the same Linus that flipped NVIDIA executives a bird in a packed courtroom not many years back.
I'm happy that as a Linux user, to at least know that someone is proactive (in public & behind the scenes) at their job in protecting it's users & pointing the finger at whom it rightfully belongs.
Satya Nadella nor Tim Cook has never openly shown a fraction of the backbone towards Intel as Linus has done in recent weeks, primarily because both has close relations with Gordon Moore (yes, he's in it also) & his cronies. Plus Apple depends on Intel 100% for their computing division, so all Cook can do is drop back & take the sack, he has no Plan B, nor did Steve Jobs before he became CEO. On the other hand, Microsoft's partners uses both Intel & AMD CPU's, so has more leeway & should be ripping Intel just as hard as Linus is in public, yet Nadella has been fairly quiet through this troubling time. Other than threatening various security vendors to get their act in gear, in regards to being able to deliver security patches, when he should be venting these threats towards Moore & his corporation instead. After all, Intel began this crap & had no intention of notifying the public except via security bulletins that few understands nor cares about. The main problem.....Google found out, as well as a hard working university student who was openly told the issue was to remain secret. While I credit him, at the same time, this is more proof of a conspiracy, cover up, whatever one wants to call it, Intel's CEO isn't the POTUS & has no authority to issue an executive order. The student should had taken it to the government instead, where the matter would had been acted on sooner. And if they ignored him, then the media, all of the networks would had paid huge for his findings, to be the first to 'spread the word'. Since he had no knowledge that it was 'top secret' until speaking with Intel officials, wouldn't had committed a crime, rather be the next TIME (major publication) 'Man of the Year'.
As far as future Linux growth goes, while I feel there will be an upwards tick on the computing side, it's already showing most everywhere else. Does 'Alexa' ring anyone's bells? Unless one's not an Amazon fan, maybe all hasn't heard, it's a simple round device, connected to the Amazon Cloud (powered by Linux), and you can ask her 'what's the weather like?' and she'll tell you. Of course there'll be questions to which she'll reply 'I don't have the answer to that' (or words to that nature), yet at a relative's home with a new one I told her 'Alexa, see you later' & she replied 'Have a great afternoon'.
If this were a Mac/Windows device, would had cost (guessing) $200 minimum. Since Amazon doesn't use their software in the the Echo (I don't like to call Alexa that, because she sounds so sweet ), these can be sold at ultra low prices. Some has these throughout their home, and via Alexa can control various things, a simple example is not getting up to flip light switches. Without Linux, a lot of these newer technologies that doesn't bear the names Apple & Microsoft wouldn't be possible, rather wild dreams. There's even a female robot (Sophia) that's been proclaimed the first female citizen of Saudi Arabia, developed with open source technology. She caught one big name talk show host off guard with her calm demeanor, smooth answers, seemed to be engaging in conversation just as a human being. There was one question to which she replied that her 'hard drives weren't communicating', yet she did respond.
So for all of the naysayers out there, Linux is far larger than many thinks it to be, even if only on a minority of consumer based computers. One huge example, if Linux were to go down, the three exchanges that affects us all (NYSE, NASDAQ & S&P 500) could crash. We'd potentially see another repeat of 'Black Monday' that took place in 1987, although there's safeguards that's since been put in place. Yet note that the tragic day wasn't caused by technical failure, rather market correction. Some if the images of that day were very disturbing, legit multi millionaires leaping from skyscrapers will forever be in my head, we were watching live from work. Yet that's only part of the exchanges duties, when these type of events takes place, we're affected directly, by price inflation, layoffs, potential disruption of services & a whole lot more. Therefore, the financial markets has to be powered by robust operating systems that Mac or Windows cannot provide, neither are secure enough for the task. Linux fills the slot & keeps the World's financial markets flowing smoothly.