Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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RE[2]: 2010 Really
by unoengborg on Tue 11th May 2010 11:32 UTC in reply to "RE: 2010 Really"
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"Is The Year of Linux ;)

Indeed, here is recipe for Linux success.
1) Get rid all the shit related to Linux, kernel is only piece of gold here.
2) Say FU to kernel devs, go rogue and develop the kernel outside official system.
3) Get rid Linux name on all possible ways since L stands for lusers.
4) Garnish cake with own superior apps that doesn't use or resemble anyway standard Linux apps.

Truth hurts.

I don't think the truth is that standard Linux apps generally succs, and that this is the reason for people not to use the Linux desktop.People don't use the Linux desktop because it is too expensive to switch to Linux.

They have already spent a lot of time to overcome all the difficulties in windows, they don't want to repeat that process with another OS. They don't want to get the answer "I don't know" every time they ask if this new device they are considering to purchase work on their OS. They don't want to bother finding out what applications in the Linux world that can read their existing data. In other words people have a history with windows that is hard to undo. Another factor is that it would be more expensive to hardware vendors to have two support organizations, so they continue to sell windows devices, as that worked well in the past.
For Linux on the desktop to ever happen, Linux must not only be as good as MacOS or Windows. It must be better and not only a little better like some distros are today, they must be much better or there will be no incentive for people to switch.

In the cell phone world most people don't have lots of old documents, or lots of applications, most people don't even use a smart phone, and that makes for an interesting marketing target. In a sense Android is growing in the same way windows once did, i.e. make use of a new need for personal computing. Back then it was a shift from the mainframe computing to the desktop computing, now it is a shift from the desktop to your pocket.

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