Linked by Tony Steidler-Dennison on Mon 7th Jul 2008 18:18 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Linux While I was trawling through Net Applications' operating system share trend data for the past 24 months, something struck me. June 08 marked a big month for Linux. The OS saw the largest increase in market share for the whole 2 year period - a growth of 0.12%.
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RE[5]: Comment by satan666
by CGI_Joe on Tue 8th Jul 2008 17:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by satan666"
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She would not have bought a machine from a store with Kubuntu on it. Even if they had two boxes right next to each other. My point is that simply making something available doesn't mean anyone will buy it. A couple years ago Wal-Mart, one of the largest retail chains in North America, tried selling computers with a Linux-based OS for about $200. They were extremely popular with Linux aficionados, but other than that no one else bought them and they were pulled from shelves.

What will really move Linux-based machines in to consumers' homes is use in the office. Linux distributions should concentrate harder on workstations. Microsoft Office and Windows 95 were really how Microsoft won people over. That and video games. Linux is mostly used at home by people who use it at work. Work is the best way to force someone to do something, and the easiest way to make sure they keep doing it when they get home.

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