Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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Ballmer's focus is apparently on the desktop
by lemur2 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 12:05 UTC
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If we take a different focus more in tune with this site, then Linux actually has a far greater (OS) market share. Linux is big on servers, on embedded devices (including mobile phones), in network infrastructure equipment and even in supercomputing. Everywhere but the desktop market, Linux has far greater market share than Ballmer is apparently prepared to admit.

Linux installs probably far outnumber Windows installs. Even in your own home, for example, Linux is probably running: on your router, in your TV, in the TV set-top/cable box, in your washing machine, in your printer and your scanner, in your DVD player/recorder, in your games console and on your mobile phone. You possibly do, however, have one lone copy of Windows or of OSX running on your PC.

The web sites you visit are most probably served to you by Linux machines, and the traffic is routed over the Internet to your PC by other Linux machines. Your email likewise.

Edited 2009-02-25 12:10 UTC

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