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[2]: Comment by shmerl
by kurkosdr on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 10:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
kurkosdr
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Sorry, most users and OEMs are willing to pay for not having to tolerate X.org (and PulseAudio, which is not "obligatory like X.org, but is gradually infesting more and more distros), and the upgrade breakages X.org and PulseAudio bring.

I will say it again: The Linux community doesn't get warranties.
When users by a PC, it comes with a warranty for the hardware and the software. Of course, the "warranty" for the software consists of little more than the OEM reformating the harddrive for you, but users don't care, as long as they don't have to do it, aka as long as somebody fixes it for them. So, no average user is going to throw away Windows and install Linux, and lose the software warranty and have to support themselves from that moment on.
OEMs on the other hand won't preinstall Linux because they are afraid of upgrade breakages every six months (courtesy of X.org and PulseAudio). I will keep saying Linux has LESS than 1% unless I see Ubuntu PCs popping up in US and EU stores (no, China dooesn't count, Ubuntu is sold with PCs in China so users can wipe the HDD clean and install pirated Windows and save a couple of bucks, and even there only geeks by them).

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