Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jul 2006 12:07 UTC
Windows From today, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, which could lead users to trying alternative operating systems such as Linux. Eight years after launching Windows 98, Microsoft will finally wash its hands of updating and plugging security gaps in its ageing operating system. The software giant originally planned to pull the plug in January 2004 but decided to extend support because of the increasing threat from Linux.
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MollyC
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2006-07-04

"How about .38% for Linux and 2.95% for Win98

" rel="nofollow">http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=2"


Microsoft is ending support for both Win98 and WinME, so to make your stats more pertinent, we need to include the WinME stats as well. ;)
WinME: 1.32%
Win98: 2.95%
Linux: 0.38%


Here's another sampling:
http://www.thecounter.com/stats/2006/July/os.php
Win98: ~4%
Linux: ~0% (rounded to the nearest whole percentage point)

Here's what I don't get. You go to a typical tech site, and Linux will be the topic of ~60% of the operating sytem articles (just a guess) and will be at least mentioned in ~85% of the operating sytem articles. And this has been the case for nearly 10 years. All that coverage for an OS that has < 0.5% share. The tech media is really out of touch.

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CrLf Member since:
2006-01-03

Because those values represent the "desktop" market, not the overall Linux market share. Remember, Linux does have a substantial share of the server space, and is also an important player in the embedded market.

The world doesn't end on the desktop, you know? (In fact, some people, like me, don't even care all that much about the desktop.)

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NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

"Linux Server vs Desktop"

Linux server revenue is about 6.4 billion out of 51 billion.

Linux desktop is probably 1% of the 240 billion desktop market.

8.8 billion of the combined 290 billion.

3% - Still pretty trivial

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