Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 16th Dec 2007 00:02 UTC
In the News Apple and Linux are engaged in battle a battle to win over disgruntled Windows users. But who will win, and what will the consequences be for the loser? The most commonly held belief amongst Apple and Linux fanboys is that both factions are engaged in some kind of a war with Microsoft. The truth is that if you look at the market share figure for Windows, Mac and Linux, both Mac OS and all the Linux distros that have ever been released are dwarfed by Windows.
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RE: Don your flamesuits
by alucinor on Sun 16th Dec 2007 02:15 UTC in reply to "Don your flamesuits"
alucinor
Member since:
2006-01-06

Personally, I don't doubt that both Apple and MS can continue making tons of cash into the distant future. I also don't doubt Red Hat and Ubuntu will continue to grow, Linux will continue to dominate supercomputers and grow in mobile phones.

What I DO doubt is that MS will be able to hold onto a 90%+ something marketshare, or even a 70%+ marketshare, into the distant future. How that cookie crumbles, though, is up for anyone's guess, but I don't doubt that both Apple and various Linux service companies will all benefit, though the Linux companies will probably never make as much revenue as proprietary software companies (which isn't to say their impact on the world will be smaller).

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RE[2]: Don your flamesuits
by aesiamun on Sun 16th Dec 2007 02:21 in reply to "RE: Don your flamesuits"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

And while I do agree with you, my point was that articles like this don't do anything to facilitate MS' fall out of dominance nor Linux based Operating Systems and Mac OSX succeed.

Microsoft has nowhere to go but down. As market leader, it's very difficult to continue that dominance without fighting those attacking you from both sides. Innovation is not easy, and the market leader has to fight innovation from everyone, to match what they create, and continue creating or else it'll lose that dominance.

Those not in dominance, Linux based OS companies and Apple, have nowhere to go but up...which position would you like to be in? ;)

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