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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu InfoWorld's Savio Rodrigues sees 2010 as a watershed year for Ubuntu, one that could herald meaningful enterprise interest in the OS, thanks to a rising tide of developers - and deployment servers - adopting the OS. "As with many recent trends in the IT industry, developers become ambassadors for products they enjoy using and have quickly become an early indicator for enterprise technology usage in the future. In a seemingly perfect storm, Ubuntu is benefiting from strong developer usage, and the fact that developers are increasingly selecting Amazon's EC2 cloud platform bodes well for continued Ubuntu success on EC2," Rodrigues writes, noting that Ubuntu has surpassed Red Hat usage on deployment servers as well. "As that occurs, IT decision makers will need to consider or reconsider Ubuntu for usage within the enterprise. Rest assured that Red Hat won't sit idly by during these discussions."
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RE[3]: Comment by flanque
by lemur2 on Tue 21st Dec 2010 03:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by flanque"
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"It cracked 'the nut' some years ago - people just didn't realize it when it happened. On the desktop Linux' main area is Europe (at least when considering 1st and 2nd world countries).
StatCounter has a useful global breakdown by region and country. You can begin here: and then take a look at the charts for the UK, Germany, France and so on. This is not a success story. It is a picture of failure on a global scale. You might also take a look at the European charts for Mobile OS and Mobile vs Desktop. "

I'll see your satcounter, and raise you a w3schools.

5% finally, at Nov 2011.

There is a lot of inertia to overcome here, especially since ordinary consumers are not allowed to buy GNU/Linux systems in stores. Having said that, slowly perhaps the rules excluding Linux from competing are beginning to change:

Really, the thing to be overcome is a lack of end user familiarity with Linux desktop applications. Just because Linux desktop applications are not exactly the same as more familiar equivalents on Windows, by no means are the Linux desktop applications inferior. The problem is that most people are not aware of this.
User Familiarity != Software Superiority
Most anyone that has really used Linux, on the desktop, in the last few years knows that it is ready for the average user. The same is true for a number of other open source projects. Many FOSS projects are on-par with (or better than) their closed source counter parts when it comes to the number of features and functionality.

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