Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 19th May 2012 08:59 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Smartphones have become the preferred computer of the masses. Sales surpassed those of personal computers in 2010, having grown over 50% per year for several years. Nearly 500 million smartphones shipped in 2011. This radically shifts the terrain in the consumer operating system competition that was, for years, firmly decided in favor of Windows. This article analyzes the New OS Wars.
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RE: Comment by RichterKuato
by David on Mon 21st May 2012 04:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by RichterKuato"
David
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1997-10-01

I think that even "ignorant" PC consumers know enough that even if they don't really understand operating systems, they'd steer clear of a non-Windows PC, because most are educated enough to know that it wouldn't run the programs they want to run. That's why Apple marketshare flattened and attempts at getting people to buy cheap Linux PCs fell flat.

It's not about Windows branding, but about the stigma of a non-Windows PC. Just like people may not know much about cars, but word on the street is that the car from Yugoslavia sucks and you shouldn't buy one even if it's cheap. (Hey, finally an apt OS car analogy!)

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RE[2]: Comment by RichterKuato
by kwan_e on Mon 21st May 2012 07:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by RichterKuato"
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2007-02-18

It's not about Windows branding, but about the stigma of a non-Windows PC. Just like people may not know much about cars, but word on the street is that the car from Yugoslavia sucks and you shouldn't buy one even if it's cheap. (Hey, finally an apt OS car analogy!)


Your mentioning of cars brings up an interesting point: Korean and Japanese car and electronics manufacturers had really poor reputation in the beginning but how they even manage to turn that image around is a much bigger achievement than some Apple apologists claim about Apple's recent success.

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RE[2]: Comment by RichterKuato
by l3v1 on Mon 21st May 2012 09:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by RichterKuato"
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2005-07-06

the car from Yugoslavia sucks and you shouldn't buy one even if it's cheap. (Hey, finally an apt OS car analogy!)


Well, unless that car is your only option (and there were times, when your only option was one type of car and you had to wait months to get it). You could find quite a number people here who could tell you all about how and why Windows s*cks for a lot of reasons, and they still keep buying it because of it being the only real option for a lot of scenarios.

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