Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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Yes, opportunity
by ndrw on Wed 29th Aug 2012 08:21 UTC
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Windows Vista did help Linux (and Mac) enormously. Of course, Microsoft won't lose its position overnight just because of one weak release. But who knows how far things would go downwards if not Windows 7. Selling ageing Windows XP at zero profit wouldn't work all that well in the long term.

Even if just a hickup, Vista made quite an impact.

- It started NetBooks - before Vista no major OEM would have even considered releasing a PC without Windows. Microsoft *had* to respond to it by lowering prices of Windows XP even though they wanted to do the opposite (to promote Vista).
- It pushed several percent of Windows users to alternative systems (yes, mostly Mac).
- It created a window of opportunity for mobile systems (iOS, Android). Even though they do not compete directly with Windows, this simply wouldn't happen in 2000 when Windows and IE were blocking anything else on interoperability grounds.

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RE: Yes, opportunity
by Coxy on Wed 29th Aug 2012 10:38 in reply to "Yes, opportunity"
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I don't think vista helped any other os much... I don't know anyone who would swap their OS just because they didn't like VISTA. That's the kind of thing people who visit OS News would do, but not something normal people do.

Apple may have more users, but it is because of the desirability of their products, not the OS, or that bad OSs developed by MS. Normal people don't know what an OS is. It's a just a computer, and if it has to clarified, it's an apple or windows computer.

Normal people have never heard of Ubuntu... no matter how popular linux geeks think it has become.

Edited 2012-08-29 10:42 UTC

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RE[2]: Yes, opportunity
by ndrw on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:19 in reply to "RE: Yes, opportunity"
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I know several people who bought a Mac or a Netbook, and plenty of people who stayed with XP or bought an iPhone or an Android phone in that couple of years.

Luckily for Microsoft they didn't lose that much of the market share (at the cost of extending life of XP and earning nothing on it). But that's only thanks to their initial position on the market and their quick response with Windows 7. If Windows 7 was a failure too, they would have a serious trouble.

Still, for two years you could hear nothing but complaints about Vista and praises of Mac, Netbooks, iOS, Android. Things would look very different today if Vista was a success.

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