Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jun 2010 22:20 UTC, submitted by Preston Gralla
In the News So, what to do with this. If we don't run it, we're pro-Linux. If we do run it, we're pro-Microsoft. And I'm sure that whatever we do, we're anti-Apple somehow. In any case, here we go: the latest market share figures from IDC about servers show that Windows is by far the most popular server operating system in terms of unit sales, increasing its market share even further. Linux, on the other hand, saw its market share in the server market sink a little.
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Article is about server marketshare
by jemmjemm on Sat 5th Jun 2010 19:30 UTC
jemmjemm
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2007-08-06

Well... when the article is about server OS marketshare then why does everyone discuss about laptop/desktop OS marketshare? In that sense status quo has been the same for years - 94% Windows, 5% Mac, 1% Linux (all of my PC's are in the last segment).

However on server side I believe the same what is mentioned in the article - a lot of Linux selfinstalled installations are uncounted and it is hard to find total figures (e.g. Netcraft shows only the webserver market structure).

The small business I work for runs 3 bought Windows servers and 25 selfinstalled Debian GNU/linux servers (i.e. bought as Dell server hardware with no OS). And all new installations during last 5 years are Debians ;)

Edit: fix typo

Edited 2010-06-05 19:32 UTC

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

Plus, what about the *growth* area of the market? - 'smart' phones. That's where there is huge money to be made and Windows share there is plummeting.

Microsoft is also stagnant yet again in the share market - their balance sheet is ok but not as strong as it used to be several years back.

The whole article could well be a pep-talk for investors who are otherwise shaken.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Well... when the article is about server OS marketshare then why does everyone discuss about laptop/desktop OS marketshare? In that sense status quo has been the same for years - 94% Windows, 5% Mac, 1% Linux (all of my PC's are in the last segment).

However on server side I believe the same what is mentioned in the article - a lot of Linux selfinstalled installations are uncounted and it is hard to find total figures (e.g. Netcraft shows only the webserver market structure).

The small business I work for runs 3 bought Windows servers and 25 selfinstalled Debian GNU/linux servers (i.e. bought as Dell server hardware with no OS). And all new installations during last 5 years are Debians ;)

Edit: fix typo


It very much depends on exactly what you count, and how you count it, but overall Linux share is way, way beyond 1%.

http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS9682048723.html?kc=rss

Linux' share of the desktop market grew to 1.13 percent, says Net Applications, making Linux the only OS to gain in May. Meanwhile, Linux server revenue share grew to 16.8 percent, says IDC, and Linux is now running on 91 percent of the 500 fastest supercomputers.

Linux has soared in recent years in the embedded world, especially with the Linux-based Android giving it a boost in smartphone sales. More fun is on the way, according to ABI Research, which recently projected that Linux-based mobile operating systems, led by Android, will own 33 percent of the global smartphone market by 2015, with a growth rate that is faster than the robust smartphone market at large.

The story has not been quite so upbeat on the desktop Linux front. Still, the latest Net Applications report shows that as of the end of May, Linux inched up to a 1.13 percent share of the PC desktop market. At first glance, this would not appear to offer much to cheer about, yet Linux was also the only OS to register an increase, says the report.


Net Applications reports are known to significantly under-count Linux. There is a large base of self-installed Linux out there (machines like mine assembled from parts, or ex-Windows machines rescued from the tip after a death-by-malware-and-registry-clog only to be re-birthed running Linux
http://linuxagainstpoverty.org/
http://www.untangle.com/Products/Installfest
http://installfest.org/ ).

It also depends on exactly where you gather your stats from, or which exact market you survey.
http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS5247302500.html

Still, even then, counting only new-machines-purchased-from-controlled-shop-channels-in-western-countr ies, Net Applications gives Linux credit for 20.8% servers, 1.13% desktop, about 30% mobiles/phones, and 91% of supercomputers.

This is a significant slice of the OS market share, and far, far more significant that Windows supporters would paint it.

Edited 2010-06-09 12:38 UTC

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