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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But are just not based in fact.

But this is based on facts. Your just looking for an answer that isn't in them and then complaining when you can't find it...

It's not like I can think, "I know, I'll upgrade my office PCs", and order 100 PCs from Lenovo. Then I change my mind, and think "Wow, I can save a fortune by just buying 100 Android phones! In your face, Windows!"

I completely agree! These particular marketshare numbers are of no use to anyone who would use them as the basis for cost comparison of different hardware products... Isn't that completely, mind-numbingly, f*cking obvious though?

Just because a statistic is useless in a certain context does not invalidate the existence of every other context. If your a young guy studying CS in college, and you want a good idea of where to spend the bulk of your effort getting trained up for a future in development, well this might really be interesting to you. Linux seems to be taking over the world! Maybe I should learn a bit about this stuff...

They are different markets, completely different, incomparable. They are different products. Sure they both have operating systems and microprocessors, but RVs and Superyachts both have engines and hot water systems.

... and if it just so happens that the study showed that 80% of all RVs and Superyachts used the same engine, you might be inclined to research a bit more as to why that is, no? This is information that would never come to light in individual market research studies... Doesn't that make it useful? Granted, it in no way helps you choose between buying an RV or a Superyacht, but that isn't the point.

They are not the same, they don't compete, sure people get tablets instead of netbooks, there is overlap in the areas where people don't need to do anything, but in most places, if you need a PC/Mac, you need a PC/Mac.

This is the same tired argument that everyone else is making about this, and it is completely missing the forest through the trees... It isn't useful for competitive product analysis - but it isn't supposed to be... Stop complaining about it - it is what it is. Stop trying to turn it into something else...

Edited 2013-01-23 21:36 UTC

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