Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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The linux plateau
by siraf72 on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:33 UTC
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I like linux and it was my main OS before Os X.0 was released but certain thing I feel still stand in its way.

1. Migrating from a "competing" OS should be easy. Window users jumping to Mac have a far more seamless migration path IMHO. e.g. MS office is available (or you can use iWork, or OO). The user experience is more consistent across the platform. Other propriety software is also available for both. Whether its adobe, MS, or more niche products. Apple, it seems to me have spent a good portion of effort in removing barriers to adoption by making sure Apple plays nice with the Windows world and the external device world. I can't remember the last time I had to install a driver for anything on OS x.

2. whiles linux is a great OS, it is not MARKETED. I said it before i'll say it again, people are willing to pay what they perceive a product to be worth. If an OS that is FREE is not being used, the problem is either that people don't know about it, or that switching to it is too painful (or both).

Needless to say this doesn't apply to people on this forum or indeed their immediate families who get tech support!

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