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[4]: Marketshare
by Savior on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 09:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Marketshare"
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Nelson, galvanash:

But it isn't a mobile statistic... So why try to bend it into one? It is simply "marketshare across all device types" - the mix in each product category or the relative number of devices is not the point. Of course the high number is because of Android, but that doesn't invalidate anything.


I think this is exactly the case where Stallman's otherwise pretentious "GNU/Linux" wording is useful, as it shows the difference between your reasonings clearly.

GNU/Linux, the operating system, stands at 1% on the desktop. It is a context we are well aware of.

Linux, on the other hand, is the most widely used kernel with 42% market share. That is also a context, because it means that it won't go away easily, and we may even expect it to improve if every (mobile) HW vendor now has to write drivers for it. This wasn't, and perhaps still isn't, the case for regular PCs.

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