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[3]: The linux plateau
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 15:04 UTC 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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RE[5]: The linux plateau
by gustl on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 16:03 in reply to "RE[4]: The linux plateau"
gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

I would like to see Microsoft pull an Apple, throw away their NT Kernel and take a BSD or Linux Kernel, and rebuild their most recent APIs around that.
Staying with the UNIX principles of "everything is a file" and the Unix standard permission (rwxrwxrwx) scheme would be a good thing, as the windows permission system nowadays is not as easy to understand and as flexible.
For Backwards compatibility they should use virtualisation, not a big deal nowadays.

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