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 lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 23:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Marketshare"
lemur2
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" I disagree on your conclusion. It MAY be true, but these numbers don't show that. Android isn't developed using a FLOSS model.


This actually borders on delusion. I'm sorry Lemur2, but Commercial use of FLOSS works in a very specific niche.
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You have made an incorrect attribution there. I did not post the words to which you are replying.

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..."


Actually, you completely miss the main economic impetus behind Linux and FOSS. Linux and FOSS is the best solution for ANY area where the actual product being sold is not the software itself.

A good example is the car industry:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/20/linux-foundation-forms-automotiv...

"The Linux Foundation sees it differently and wants our cars to embrace the same notions of common roots and open code that we'd find in an Ubuntu box. Its newly-formed Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup is transforming Tizen into a reference platform that car designers can use for the center stack, or even the instrument cluster. The promise is to both optimize a Linux variant for cars and provide the same kind of years-long support that we'd expect for the drivetrain. Technology heavy-hitters like Intel, Harman, NVIDIA, Samsung and TI form the core of the group, although there are already automakers who've signaled their intentions: Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota are all part of the initial membership."

None of the companies Intel, Harman, NVIDIA, Samsung, TI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan or Toyota sell software. It is therefore in their best interests to collaborate on developing code (thereby sharing the development costs) that they can all then use in products they do sell.

Edited 2013-01-23 23:13 UTC

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