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[5]: Marketshare
by henderson101 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 11:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Marketshare"
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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.


Not really. As I said, in the industry developing the FLOSS, that is pretty much how it works. Most of the companies you mention fall in to category (1) - they get money from else where and therefore can justify investing in FLOSS, because a big chunk of the work (R&D etc) for sections of their product line is done by someone else. The fact that they pay for some of the work to be completed is simply because they need someone to customise the FLOSS for their specific use, and to reuse code that is a partial fit. It's a total back-scratching scenario, but much of the development exists on a very precarious basis and the whim of the product line.

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