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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RE: Linux is a kernel
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 02:39 UTC in reply to "Linux is a kernel"
lemur2
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Except Linux is a kernel not an Operating System. Ubuntu/Debian/Red Hat, etc. are Operating Systems and are not the same thing as Android. The various other embedded devices that are based on the Linux kernel are their own unique Operating Systems. Trying to lump them all together is ludicrous at best. There are hundreds of Operating Systems which are referred to as "distributions" based on the Linux kernel.


Linux (the kernel) and GNU/Linux (the operating system) Has over 90% of the supercomputer OS market share.

http://www.unixmen.com/linux-share-in-supercomputer-os/

Linux accounts for as much as 94.2% share as Supercomputer OS!

Linux has a near-monopoly in embedded devices, such as TVs, DVD players and the like:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-linuxuniversal/

Linux is dominant in the server market (60%) and also the cluster and distributed computing market (66%).

Linux is dominant in every market except the desktop. None of these operating systems are the same (as complete operating systems) ... the machines involved in these markets are nowhere near as homogenous as the desktop market.

Nevertheless, a significant majority of the world's computers run Linux. Globally, over all computers, as a rough estimate Linux would run on over 65% of machines.

The fact that the OSes running are different on different machines does not mean that we cannot make this statement.

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