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.
Permalink for comment 549979
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[7]: Marketshare
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 05:19 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Marketshare"
Member since:

"here are indeed a wider variety of desktop applications on other platforms, but they are not any better.

Of course they are. If you go and look at websites sporting Linux alternatives for commercial software, they are mostly inferior knock-offs of their commercial counterparts. This, of course, isn't ALWAYS the case, but is so the majority of the time.

How do you define "better". If we talk about functionality alone, I strongly dispute this claim. Take as an example desktop CAD software, an example which is often used in this context. For Linux, the most functional available application here would be Bricscad.

This is not a knock-off, this is the same software (with a different OS interface layer) for Linux as the version which is sold for Windows.

If we are talking Photoshop, another example which is commonly used, the best option for Linux is to split the functionality between digikam (for working with digital photos) and Krita (for working with creating raster graphics).

This is by no means inferior software just on functionality. It certainly isn't a knock off, because it is two applications rather than one.

Another example of cited is Microsoft Visio and One Note. The best alternatives here, for the Linux desktop, would be Calligra Flow and Calligra Braindump:

Once again, these are not knock-offs, they are merely applications which perform similar functions. The Linux desktop applications here are not as functional as the ones from MS Office, but for the average consumer of desktop software they are more than adequate. As a bonus, the Linux desktop applications output files in the OpenDocument drawing format (.odg), so the files can be used directly in many other desktop applications. This is not something one can normally say for Microsoft desktop software, as a general rule Microsoft software saves data in the most obscure formats possible.

Now seriously, as a consumer, you must consider value-for-money as at least part of the criteria for determining which software is actually better.

When you factor in even a small consideration of value-for-money, for a normal average consumer the Linux desktop software wins hands down.

"Installing "crapware" is normally a way that OEMs use to offset the cost of Microsoft software they install on machines

How do you explain then the crapware on Android devices (and seeming lack of it on Windows Phone)? I know a lot of people blame carriers for this, but even wifi-only tablets like the Asus Transformer models come with it as well.

Out of up to fifty devices/machines I have bought over time, I have never purchased any computing device, other than a couple of Windows machines, which have come with crapware installed. This includes a number of Android phones.

In other words, crapware is not strictly the domain of Windows. It is also possible to get Windows machines without crapware if you shop around (Including Microsoft stores). It's not like crapware comes preinstalled on a vanilla Windows disc, Metro on Windows 8 not withstanding ;)

It is, OTOH, far more common to get a crapware-free offering if one avoids Windows. In my own experience, it is infinitely more common.

Edited 2013-01-23 05:28 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2