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: Marketshare
by przemo_li on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 08:46 UTC in reply to "Marketshare"
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Marketshare is about giving context to a situation. When you lump everything together with everything you lose context.

And gain ANOTHER.

What is Linux having "double" marketshare really telling you? That Android is popular? We already knew that because Android is popular in the mobile space.

1) That MOBILE is bigger than IBM PC as Personal Computing solution for consumers.
2) That MS lack flexibility for fighting in new markets.
3) That there are MORE phones than IBM PC's out there in the world.
4) That for some people PHONE is only PC they have.
5) That MS do fine job on IBM PC.
6) That MS to stay as dominant player need to push for MOBILE.
7) That FLOSS model of development is technically superior to proprietary one, in terms of gaining market share. (With all else been equal)
8) That CHEAP solutions are in demand.

Its only function, is to mask Linux's deficiencies in other core markets.

If we take those numbers as true, then Linux deficiencies on IBM PC DO NOT MATTER. ITS NO BIG DEAL ANYMORE. MS deficiences on MOBILE are (small) deal. Cause as those stats show MOBILE is more relevant.

Its just a twisting of numbers to make a headline. This is like using Windows 92% marketshare to inflate their numbers in mobile. Doesn't really make sense.

Come one. BREAKING 10y of solid grip on consumer personal computing solutions IS NOT WORTH HEADLINE?

Less emotions more thinking.

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