Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Jul 2005 17:10 UTC
Windows "Longhorn Beta 1 is still a few weeks away from release. And Office 12 Beta 1 isn't slated to debut until this fall. But that isn't stopping Microsoft from peeling back the covers on some of the new features slated for the pair of products due to ship in the latter half of 2006."
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RE: 0.013
by Clinton on Sat 9th Jul 2005 17:47 UTC in reply to "0.013"
Clinton
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2005-07-05

I know OSNews used to keep usage stats. We could probably get a fairly accurate look of Linux usage vs. Windows usage by asking OSNews to provide us with these stats.

I think Microsoft just spouts off these low numbers to turn people. "We'll Linux must not be that good if it only sports 0.031% marketshare."

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RE[2]: 0.013
by Wrawrat on Sat 9th Jul 2005 17:54 in reply to "RE: 0.013"
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2005-06-30

I am not sure, since OSNews is mostly visited by people with a minimum amount of knowledge on computers. While I agree that Microsoft's numbers are just skewed, OSNews' numbers wouldn't be much more representative.

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RE[3]: 0.013
by rm6990 on Sat 9th Jul 2005 17:57 in reply to "RE[2]: 0.013"
rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

I am not sure, since OSNews is mostly visited by people with a minimum amount of knowledge on computers. While I agree that Microsoft's numbers are just skewed, OSNews' numbers wouldn't be much more representative.

I'm assuming you mean higher number of users?

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RE[3]: 0.013
by archiesteel on Sat 9th Jul 2005 18:02 in reply to "RE[2]: 0.013"
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2005-07-02

I agree, it's very difficult to get an accurate picture of market share just by looking at any web site statistics.

Not that market share numbers really matter all that much. What matters is what you can do with the OS, which is basically anything you can do with any modern OS. Popularity isn't an argument for superiority (after all, people once believed the Earth was flat...)

I'm happy believing that Linux has roughly the same market share as OS X. It may be true, it may not, but since no one can prove it either way the claim is as valid as anyone else's...and not very important. What matters to me is that my Mandriva Desktop and my Kubuntu Laptop "just work"!

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RE[2]: 0.013
by rm6990 on Sat 9th Jul 2005 17:56 in reply to "RE: 0.013"
rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

I know OSNews used to keep usage stats. We could probably get a fairly accurate look of Linux usage vs. Windows usage by asking OSNews to provide us with these stats.

I think Microsoft just spouts off these low numbers to turn people. "We'll Linux must not be that good if it only sports 0.031% marketshare."


OSNews probably isn't the best place to look at these stats. I'm willing to bet there are a higher percentage of Linux users visiting this site than say...cnn.com or google.com. Hell, there are probably more FreeBSD users visiting this site than Linux users visiting cnn.com or google percentage wise (just a guess).

But I concur with what the above poster said, although Microsoft could be talking about Linux machines sold, so that the 30 machines you converted to Linux wouldn't count. Counting Linux's marketshare probably isn't going to be ever possible.

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