Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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RE: The linux plateau
by KAMiKAZOW on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 14:07 UTC in reply to "The linux plateau"
KAMiKAZOW
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I like linux and it was my main OS before Os X.0 was released but certain thing I feel still stand in its way.

1. Migrating from a "competing" OS should be easy. Window users jumping to Mac have a far more seamless migration path IMHO. e.g. MS office is available (or you can use iWork, or OO). The user experience is more consistent across the platform. Other propriety software is also available for both. Whether its adobe, MS, or more niche products. Apple, it seems to me have spent a good portion of effort in removing barriers to adoption by making sure Apple plays nice with the Windows world

That's exactly what Novell is doing. Novell gets lots of bashing for its interoperability deal with MS but it's not that differnent from the deal(s) Apple has with MS. The major difference is that Apple sometimes gets original source code from MS to port (Apple's MS Office Documents Spotlight importers contain MS Office source code), while Novell mostly just gets documentation that allow Novell to release the self-written code under a FOSS license. In the end the whole FOSS world benefits, as seen with the adoption of Novell's OpenOffice in Debian, Ubuntu, etc. Heck, thanks to Novell I was able to open and save OfficeXML files on Mac OS X through NeoOffice (an OO derivate) before MS Office 2008 was released.

I'm not a fanboy of MS technologies (like Miguel de Icaza), but there are users -- especially in the enterprise segment -- who require as much MS compatibility as possible, so it's good that the guys and gals from Samba, OpenChange, Apache, Novell, WINE, etc. help to write the needed code.

Edited 2009-02-02 14:08 UTC

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