Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:29 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Well, its not official yet, but Microsoft's Windows 7 has now become the most widely used operating system. . . Windows 7 now has a strong 40.21% share of all desktop operating systems around the world whereas, the usage share of Windows XP has slipped to 38.64%. All this happened a couple of days back (in October). The rise in usage of Windows 7 and the drop in usage of Windows XP has been consistent since the time Windows 7 was first launched.
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RE: linux will succeed
by westlake on Tue 18th Oct 2011 12:28 UTC in reply to "linux will succeed"
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The BRIC countries are already planning widespread Linux-only use for government and education use.
Windows is already banned from schools and government offices in the Indian state of Kerala.
President Putin has decreed that Russia government agencies must only use OSS by 2015.
China's government will probably switch to Longsoon/Red Flag as a Wintel replacement.

For a community which speaks endlessly of "Free as in Freedom ---

"the Cathedral vs. the Bazaar"

Linux seems to become the OS of choice for the authoritarian state.

The top-down approach. The mandate from on high. One size fits all.

While the "Peole's Choice" is Windows.

In the Statcounter breakdown for the BRIC countries, Linux is on life-support.

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RE[2]: linux will succeed
by Soulbender on Tue 18th Oct 2011 19:19 in reply to "RE: linux will succeed"
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In the Statcounter breakdown for the BRIC countries, Linux is on life-support.

So I guess it isn't becoming the choice of the authoritatian state after all. That seems to be the market for large, american corporations like MS and Cisco. I guess freedom is not so important as long as you can make a good buck contributing to the oppression of the people.

Edited 2011-10-18 19:20 UTC

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RE[2]: linux will succeed
by unclefester on Wed 19th Oct 2011 04:11 in reply to "RE: linux will succeed"
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Statcounter is absolutely useless for measuring education or government use of Linux in BRIC countries. Why?

1) Internet access is often tightly controlled or totally blocked.

2) Hundreds of thousands of PCs used in schools and government are behind VPNs.

4) Linux browsers frequently masquerade as Windows browsers for website compatibility purposes.

Kerala alone has 1.6 million highly competent (Debian) Linux users graduating from high school each year. Most of them have never even used Windows. They are not going to switch to Windows when they join the workforce.

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RE[2]: linux will succeed
by HappyGod on Thu 20th Oct 2011 05:26 in reply to "RE: linux will succeed"
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In the Statcounter breakdown for the BRIC countries, Linux is on life-support.

Ever heard of Android?

It is currently the market leader for smartphones and it did about 60 million activations over the last 3 months. Sure sounds like a strange kind of life support...

In terms of relevance, mobile devices are where you want your growth.

Only Microsoft cares about the desktop. And that's because they have no hope in hell of getting anywhere with anything else.

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