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]: Marketshare
by Nelson on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 16:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Marketshare"
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1) That MOBILE is bigger than IBM PC as Personal Computing solution for consumers.


We already knew where growth was, and who to attribute it to. This article could have just said "Android is popular" and have conveyed the same amount of information, in a more honest way.


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.


Then why not say there are more phones out there? Why not say MS lacks flexibility. If that's the case, then the point should be stated in the article, and be focal points around which a discussion can be had.


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.


Again, this has been known. How many articles has OSNews not had in the past stressing this fact? How hasnt' Windows 8's power play clued you into this already?

There is no new information presented here, only old information, with less context.


7) That FLOSS model of development is technically superior to proprietary one, in terms of gaining market share. (With all else been equal)


I disagree on your conclusion. It MAY be true, but these numbers don't show that. Android isn't developed using a FLOSS model.


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.


This is where I can agree. It largely doesn't matter, except apparently, to lemur2, who uses Linux's mobile numbers to inflate their overall numbers and paint a misleading picture.



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


Less emotions more thinking.


No. This is similar to claiming the unemployment rate has gone down without saying why. Yes, it's gone down. But its a meaningless statistic if labor participation also went down.

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