Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:28 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux "If you consider NetApplications' data set, then Linux owns only about 1 percent of the desktop OS market and Windows has almost 92 percent. But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent - and that would be in the form of Google's Android alone." No more or less legitimate than claiming Windows owns 92% of the market. It's all a matter of perspective.
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by darknexus on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 01:31 UTC
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It's incredible how much some Linux lovers will try to fudge any number they can. First it was "desktop Linux," and when those of us point out that desktop Linux will go nowhere, they suddenly want to move it to "Linux" in general regardless of the market. Look, I know this guy loves Linux (any comments on here will tell you that). But, and this goes for all Linux fans out there, you do yourselves no favors by fudging the numbers in this way and, in fact, you appear quite dishonest when doing so. By your logic, I can prove that Windows is the most dominant player in the marketplace as well. For once I agree with Nelson (and that doesn't happen often) that a statistic such as this is meaningless and removes all context. Hell, by this logic I could also prove that OS/2 has a decent market penetration due to its presence on a good number of ATMs and other kiosks. I won't, because doing so is dishonest in intent if not in fact, but I could easily slant the numbers that way.

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