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[3]: Marketshare
by henderson101 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 17:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Marketshare"
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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.
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This actually borders on delusion. I'm sorry Lemur2, but Commercial use of FLOSS works in a very specific niche. That niche is where one of two factors come in to play:

1) The (parent) company has a lot of money to burn from other sources (e.g. Google)

2) The company has little or no assets and they are trying to rub magic beans together and bootstrap their business using the work of others (i.e. FLOSS developers.)

All other scenarios are pretty much based on one developer, or a very small collective, working slowly on a project and making progress that to most outsiders looks minimal and pretty much brings in zero cash (Haiku, Syllable, FreePascal, Lazarus, etc.)

Yes you might also get a driven development team that make amazing progress - but those projects have a very high burn rate. Very high.

Edit - added clarification "...Commercial use of..."

Edited 2013-01-23 17:18 UTC

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