Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

Well, if you move outside USA, one will see that Linux is much more dominant on the desktop than OS X. On a global level Linux and OS X are estimated to both have around 5% market share with Linux being the larger one outside USA.

But even if we look at U.S. Linux numbers one will see that Linux has grown from close to 0% a decade ago to almost 2% now. And the *BSD's are almost at 1% now (on the desktop that is) using the scewed numbers from U.S.A.

There is no doubt Ubuntu has done a lot to increase knowledge of GNU/Linux, and I can't see that as a bad thing.

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danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

In the European countries I have been (including The Netherlands, where I live), you see far more MacBooks than laptops running Linux. I can't imagine it's any different on old-fashioned desktops.

So, please provide sources if you state percentages. Since, nearly every statistic for Europe shows the opposite. One typical example:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-eu-monthly-201007-201007-bar

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


So, please provide sources if you state percentages. Since, nearly every statistic for Europe shows the opposite.


Again, here are the Linux stats I posted elsewhere in this thread:

Finland 2.67
France 1.93
Spain 1.76
Germany 1.49
Sweden 1.2
Brazil 0.92
USA 0.72
Mexico 0.63

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

gs.statcounter is irrelevant. Like most other statcounters it is highly unreliable. The stats for China is enough to undermine its credibility.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06


So, please provide sources if you state percentages. Since, nearly every statistic for Europe shows the opposite. One typical example:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-eu-monthly-201007-201007-bar


What really surprised me is how tiny is the Linux bar in Asia or Africa. Being those continents supposedly poor (not all of Asia, though) one would expect the opposite.

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