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 dagw on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE: The linux plateau"
dagw
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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.

There have been dozens of companies that have tried that, few of them might even still be around. The basic flaw in the plan is that they are too small to compete on price and most people who want a dedicated Linux box have the necessary skills to install Linux on whatever hardware they happen to own. The vast majority of Linux users aren't willing to pay a $200-300 premium simply to get Linux pre-installed.

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