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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Does not make any sense, Linux hardly grabs 1% of the market share.

I think such statistics are totally unreliable. There is no way to accurately determine the Linux market share. Linux is not always sold, you are allow to install one CD on many PC's at the same time, you are allow to copy and redistribute the CD, etc.... These are all things that cannot be accurately tracked by anybody. Unlike Microsoft or Apple that can track their sales, shipments to OEM's and track the software registration process. That gives them an idea of usage, but such a infrastructure for Linux doesn't exist and isn't required. Linux market share is a total unknown! Don't you just love the mystery!! :-)

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polololoq Member since:

Ah yes indeed. As it is, I bought 2 laptops in the last 2 years, both with Vista pre-installed. But I never even booted Vista on these machines. First thing I did was install a Linux distro.
Yet, in the pie chart, I imagine my boxes belong to the MS market share.
I think the market share of Linux is highly underestimated. But I see more and more people around me actually trying and, more importantly, using it.
So yes, it will remains a mystery. Although I think companies like Google and Yahoo have a pretty good idea of the reality in the field.

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l3v1 Member since:

First thing I did was install a Linux distro.

Every distro installer should have an optional pingback during install, so the distro owners could track the number of installs. I'd say "market share" numbers would grow really fast. In our lab here every machine came with a Windows license (some preinstalled, some with a separate box install) yet some of them became linux machines, or e.g. I'm using one with Windows on it with a linux distro in vbox. At home I have two originally Windows machines running linux only. I'd say a fairly large number of people belong to these categories and linux usage numbers could be really high if there was a way to count every and each one of those distros running out there.

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