Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

I think Linux will benefit just as much as Apple. With a worldwide recession looming, many people will tighten their belts.... and cheap Linux based systems would be the optimal solution. Many poorer nations could buy used computers from the west and use them with a lightweight Xfce based distro.


Look, I can only respond by referring you to real-world numbers: Apple is increasing in market share. Linux is declining in market share. I see nothing in the market which will change those dynamics.

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gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Linux market share declining?.... The Linux adoption rate in China is massive. Perhaps the stats you're reading don't include non-english language distros. Even in Japan, traditionally a Win/Mac stronghold, Linux is making small inroads.

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Agreed!
by obsidian on Wed 25th Jun 2008 22:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Apple is the real beneficiary here..."
obsidian Member since:
2007-05-12

52 million Linux desktops in Brazil should help matters in the Linux market-share area....

As for MS, the *very best* thing that MS can do to help Linux is to keep Vista at the centre of their strategy (as they're doing with Windows 7, which has Vista as its core). Thanks, MS! ;)

Edited 2008-06-25 22:05 UTC

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Linux market share declining?.... The Linux adoption rate in China is massive.


Oh, puh-lease. Linux market share in China is DWARFED by the number of pirated Windows installs.

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

The only OS losing market share in a consistent way is Windows.

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=9

Edited 2008-06-25 21:43 UTC

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

The only OS losing market share in a consistent way is Windows. http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=9


Yeah, poor Microsoft. They're down to a mere 91.13% market share percentage. At the current rate, Linux may crack 1% of the market in another 5 years. LMFAO! Again, the numbers don't change my contention: Apple is the beneficiary here.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Look, I can only respond by referring you to real-world numbers: Apple is increasing in market share. Linux is declining in market share. I see nothing in the market which will change those dynamics.


Your "figures" are not real-world numbers ... they are PR spin.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/pc/565108

Current hottest sellers: A Mac @ #1, a Linux notebook @ #2, and a Vista laptop @ #3.

Eight (desktop or portable) machines in the current top 25 best sellers at Amazon with Linux pre-loaded, six Mac machines and four with Vista, four with XP.

Only in the case of the HP 2133 where essentially the same machine is offered with either Linux or a Windows version is the Windows version the more popular choice. In the case of the MSI Wind, the Linux pre-loaded version appears at #6 but the Windows version of this machine is not on the list at all.

With the possible exceptions of the Sony and Toshiba machines, more of the machines are capable of running Linux than any other OS.

Edited 2008-06-26 00:31 UTC

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chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

@tomcat:

Linux is declining in market share.


Figures and references please. Otherwise you're just spouting out of the back of your head or some other part of your anatomy

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