Linux Now Has "Double" the Market Share of Windows

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Linux is "free" of course companies are going to use a "free" thing over an expensive one. I just hope a better implementation of Linux is coming soon. Android is okay at best and a pile of crap at worst. And why do we have to program in Java when the hardware is ALWAYS ARM anyway?
 
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GS probably knows something that we don't (or at least *most* of us don't ;))
 
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linux will only get bigger, it now has a lot of things going for it in the desktop space especially with Valve behind linux
 

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"Microsoft's ability to establish Windows Phone and Windows RT"
In this case, they are doomed.
Since Longhorn project they bet the company on a monolithic monster-OS needing quick and infinite performance increase, in order to get people buying costly hardware and software upgrades. That was its business plan, simply put.
In the meantime the real world shifted to mobility, and MS struggled for a decade to patch the epic disaster the new kernel and the new managed code programming paradigm was, instead of using its resources to build ground up a way out from this heck or competing on emerging markets (web, embedded, mobile, or services and research like IBM did).
 

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Linux is only a kernel not an OS. Android has a totally different userspace than GNU/Linux, it does not serve to us, GNU/Linux users, having Android with that marketshare. Hell, Android devices have bad GNU/Linux compatibility thanks to the use of propietary protocols like MTP that have to be reverse engineered and hacked to work with the quirks of the poor quality software manufacturers deliver.
 

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yeeaahhh...combining the mobile platform market with the standard PC/Mac market...that's really fair. It's like saying that bicycles have a bigger market share than cars (of course, probably not in the U.S but in Europe and Asia, that would be quite likely).
 

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[citation][nom]marcolorenzo[/nom]yeeaahhh...combining the mobile platform market with the standard PC/Mac market...that's really fair. It's like saying that bicycles have a bigger market share than cars (of course, probably not in the U.S but in Europe and Asia, that would be quite likely).[/citation]
A PC used to cost less than a Mac and brought only a tiny fraction of the revenue per unit, but PC/Apple market share comparison was made since the beginning of time.
And Netbooks were counted as PCs even if usually sold at less than half the price of an entry level PC (and less or equal to entry level smartphones!)
Comparing market share is comparing market share, not volume or revenue, so it makes sense as ONE of the business metrics.
In this case, mobile devices has prices comparable to low end of PC offer, not something completely unrelated in price like bicycles vs cars.
What is more interesting is that now anyone including MS with VistaBob 8 Squarepants, is expecting to squeeze money from the web services (say advertising, say adware-based Stores, say built in adware in browser's search and desktop/metro entries), so a low end device might even (BE EXPECTED TO) generate more revenue per unit than an high end workstation expected to do real work instead of browsing or using Apps...
Time will say what business plan is better, but sticking on the news comparing market share is a perfectly legitimate metric to take in account by itself when looking at the IT trends.
 
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Linux is a virus! God bless Metro! My pastor has condemmend Linux as communist filth! Only use Windows 8, and support the removal of the desktop!
 
So there were no phone OSes before 2005? and UNIX did not exist? Nor did linux? damn I didn't know the only options in existence were Microsoft and apple before 2005.

Mmmmm..... Horrible nonsense Data from a source who can't count. So tasty. Lets draw conclusions based on it!
 

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[citation][nom]marcolorenzo[/nom]yeeaahhh...combining the mobile platform market with the standard PC/Mac market...that's really fair. It's like saying that bicycles have a bigger market share than cars (of course, probably not in the U.S but in Europe and Asia, that would be quite likely).[/citation]
Very simple analogy and very true, compare Android to Windows 7 and it's a bit like comparing Ferraris to skateboards
 
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We love you Metro! Linux is evil! Good will win in this battle of morality! Metro YAY!!!!!
 

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Just wait, with as horrid as Win8 is and the fact you can actually BUY a linux pc retail and from companies like HP and Dell that looks more like a Windows pc then the current version of Windows we might keep seeing linux grab bigger and bigger shares.
 

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Interesting but pointless statistics... It learns us that mobile devices sell pretty well, but tells us nothing about how people use them (I know many smartphone users who never installed an application or never opened a browser or email with their device).
If Android or iOS were meant to compete with desktop OS's, why would Google put so many efforts (with little reward until now) in CromeOS and why would Apple continue MacOSX ??? Why combine their market share ? They're complementary, with a rather limited overlap area in terms of usage...
 

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What's up with 2005? Apple jumped to 21% and "other" to 29%. I'm guessing it was due to how they were measuring things or something. It looks weird. I would have expected a jump in Apple OS usage around the iPhone release, not two years prior.
 

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[citation][nom]Filiprino[/nom]Linux is only a kernel not an OS. Android has a totally different userspace than GNU/Linux, it does not serve to us, GNU/Linux users, having Android with that marketshare. Hell, Android devices have bad GNU/Linux compatibility thanks to the use of propietary protocols like MTP that have to be reverse engineered and hacked to work with the quirks of the poor quality software manufacturers deliver.[/citation]And your typical Android app on top of that usually runs on a variant of Java, which is a platform in itself
 

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[citation][nom]wozza365[/nom]linux will only get bigger, it now has a lot of things going for it in the desktop space especially with Valve behind linux[/citation]

valve with steambox, and ouya, and what else in the future... microsoft is just, alone. the giant is battling with packs of ant.. who will win? if they formed up in unity to create a pleasing and enjoyfull ecosystem, of course the ants and its costumer will win.
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Very simple analogy and very true, compare Android to Windows 7 and it's a bit like comparing Ferraris to skateboards[/citation]
And comparing an iPhone with a netbook costing 1/3?
 

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[citation]But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent - and that would be in the form of Google's Android alone.[/citation]
"than" (Windows)?

You mean "then" Windows... (actually, the word should be dropped altogether)
 

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[citation][nom]lradunovic77[/nom]Steam Box will change everything and once Gamers move to Linux...Windows is over.[/citation]

For some reason that sounded weak and just plain sad.
 

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[citation][nom]Xperia phone home[/nom]Linux is "free" of course companies are going to use a "free" thing over an expensive one. I just hope a better implementation of Linux is coming soon. Android is okay at best and a pile of crap at worst. And why do we have to program in Java when the hardware is ALWAYS ARM anyway?[/citation]

Uhmmm, no they won't. Linux is community supported and big companies won't risk their business by using community supported software/OS or whatever. Sorry.
 
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