Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:34 UTC
Linux While it may seem like Linux-only projects are betraying their loyal base by developing Windows or OSX versions, I would argue that cross-platform development is actually better for Linux as a whole, better for individual software projects and their developers, and ultimately better for Linux users.
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RE: Comment by Darkmage
by Shadowmane on Sun 6th Nov 2011 12:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by Darkmage"
Shadowmane
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2006-06-16

I'm sorry. I think this whole "marketshare" thing is a farce. There is really no telling how many people are on Linux, because adopters of Linux don't buy it. They simply download it and install it on their computers. This skews the numbers when talking about adopters of Linux.

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RE[2]: Comment by Darkmage
by westlake on Sun 6th Nov 2011 17:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by Darkmage"
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2010-01-07

I'm sorry. I think this whole "marketshare" thing is a farce. There is really no telling how many people are on Linux, because adopters of Linux don't buy it.


But they will go online.

They will download apps from their distro's repository.

Buy a "Humble Bundle" and you be counted as a Linux gamer.

Why do you think the Mozilla Foundation is a Net Applications client?

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RE[2]: Comment by Darkmage
by ilovebeer on Sun 6th Nov 2011 17:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Darkmage"
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2011-08-08

I'm sorry. I think this whole "marketshare" thing is a farce. There is really no telling how many people are on Linux, because adopters of Linux don't buy it. They simply download it and install it on their computers. This skews the numbers when talking about adopters of Linux.

There's no telling how many people use Windows either but it's certainly a bigger number than reflected in sales figures.

I know certain Linux users really really really want to believe their beloved OS is far more popular than it really is, ....but it's not. The reasons can be whined about/debated til the cows come home but it doesn't change the reality.

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RE[2]: Comment by Darkmage
by Soulbender on Mon 7th Nov 2011 21:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Darkmage"
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2005-08-18

This skews the numbers when talking about adopters of Linux.


Sure but not so much that it calls into question Windows status as the mass-market leader.
The question is, does it matter how much market share Linux has?

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