Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 21st Aug 2008 23:44 UTC
Linux "Where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?". Pingdom has taken a stab at answering this question using the Google Insights for Search. Read on for our observations on the results.
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Remember folks
by kaiwai on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 02:47 UTC
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Remember folks, a computer is only a tool to get a job accomplished; all this debate over 'operating systems' is meaningless when people are fixated on the technology rather than the end result.

People haven't suddenly fallen in love with MacOS X - they've fallen in love with the product called Mac. The operating system and hardware are viewed as one in the same - a symbiotic relationship. How many end users actually purchase their computer based on the operating system it runs? the question I see end users ask isn't "does it run Windows" or "does it run MacOS X" - its always, "does it run [name of software]".

As for the third world; the third world will eventually drop the 'poor mans' operating system once they have more money. Just like a customer who starts buying name brand food as soon as they get a pay rise - the same can be said once the third world moves to first world, and want all the trappings of the first world lifestyle.

How is that any different to a person who lives in a cardboard box, has enough money to move out - are they really going to continue to live in a cardboard box when they can buy a better place? the cardboard box was functional - but one expectations rise once one acquires more money.

This fixation on the 'low end market' is eventually going to dry up as that 'low end market' starts merging into the market where people want more than just the 'bare minimum, good enough' solution.

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