Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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Ballmer's focus is apparently on the desktop
by lemur2 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 12:05 UTC
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If we take a different focus more in tune with this site, then Linux actually has a far greater (OS) market share. Linux is big on servers, on embedded devices (including mobile phones), in network infrastructure equipment and even in supercomputing. Everywhere but the desktop market, Linux has far greater market share than Ballmer is apparently prepared to admit.

Linux installs probably far outnumber Windows installs. Even in your own home, for example, Linux is probably running: on your router, in your TV, in the TV set-top/cable box, in your washing machine, in your printer and your scanner, in your DVD player/recorder, in your games console and on your mobile phone. You possibly do, however, have one lone copy of Windows or of OSX running on your PC.

The web sites you visit are most probably served to you by Linux machines, and the traffic is routed over the Internet to your PC by other Linux machines. Your email likewise.

Edited 2009-02-25 12:10 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

on your router


in your TV


in the TV set-top/cable box


in your washing machine


in your printer and your scanner

No and no.

in your DVD player/recorder


in your games console


and on your mobile phone


But yeah, I'm pretty sure there are more Linux installs than there are Mac OS X installs. Windows remains a bit debatable though, as they are doing relatively well on mobile phones and servers, and p0wn the desktop.

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3rdalbum Member since:

Well, my router appears to run Linux; at the very least, it runs GPL software. I know because it came with a notice of where you can find the source code for the GPL software.

I've seen a GPL notice in several Panasonic TVs, and the URL given for source code does include a Linux kernel.

I also know there are a couple of set-top-boxes around that run Linux, and my DVD recorder appears to run either Linux or a Unix.

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daedalus8 Member since:

on your router


What you use Windows Routing Services? = FAIL

Router+Firewal = BSD/Linux NOT Windows.

Edited 2009-02-25 18:53 UTC

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thecwin Member since:

Linux runs on my Netgear router, mobile phone, games console (though that was my choice) TV set top box and netbook, and a number of other systems that I installed it on myself.

I read a while back that my TV (some LG model) has it too but I don't know how true that is. I work at a windows-shop and we now have a Linux server for doing Subversion.

Nevertheless, I've identified at least one Linux install in all of my friend's houses. ;) Linux based router models are extremely popular here.

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