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[2]: The linux plateau
by siraf72 on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 14:54 UTC in reply to "RE: The linux plateau"
siraf72
Member since:
2006-02-22

"I am still puzzled why nobody tries that route with Linux. Choose known, working hardware; customize a working Linux distro like Ubuntu for exactly that hardware (and nothing else); slap a careful choice of applications on it; sell it."

Exactly!

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RE[3]: The linux plateau
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 15:04 in reply to "RE[2]: The linux plateau"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Isn't this exactly what Asus and Acer are doing with their netbooks? Putting together a bundled system, working hardware and software, and using Linux as the os? Granted, I wouldn't have used the distributions of Linux they did, but still, the concept is the same.

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RE[4]: The linux plateau
by siraf72 on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 19:25 in reply to "RE[3]: The linux plateau"
siraf72 Member since:
2006-02-22

indeed it is. And it appears to be working!

I may be a mac fanatic but I want to see more linux machines out there. Long live the competition.

Just to add a point though, I would like to see someone throw out the rule book a bit more. Apple created a new layer(or adapted a combination of two existing ones) on top of BSD on selected hardware. It would be nice for someone to do the same with the linux Kernel (throw out KDE and Gnome??).

However, as a previous poster mentioned, the investment required to do so is substantial to put it mildly.

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