Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2005 14:21 UTC
.NET (dotGNU too) Despite Microsoft's claims that its .Net platform is sprouting its own ecosystem and is undergoing substantial adoption in the industry, some say the adoption of open-source opportunities appear to outpace .Net.
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Lumbergh
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2005-06-29

Nowhere to go but down for Microsoft.

Except you are wrong, Microsoft's share of server space is rising at the expense of Unix.

The server space is going to be eaten by Linux and Solaris. Both are free and both are better than Windows, except in the lamest point-and-drool sense.

Except you are wrong again. Look at the numbers. Just because you wish something doesn't mean its true.

On the desktop, Microsoft faces Apple on the high end and UNIX everywhere else. Current Linux/Solaris desktops are very impressive, especially for corporate use.

OSX is a bigger threat to linux on the desktop than to Microsoft. Both Linux and OSX have miniscule desktop market share. Sorry to burst your bubble, but most people don't want Unix on the desktop.

Add that people are very apprehensive about Longhorn (sloughing off features, potential monitor/video DRM, little value-add over XP), and that 90% on the desktop for Microsoft is a peak, not a plateau.

People aren't apprehensive about Longhorn, but I'll agree that people are pretty happy with XP since its stable and does the job that people want it to do. And yeah, when you're at 93-95% of the desktop market its hard to grow substantially, since you can't get more than 100% of the market.

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06


Except you are wrong again. Look at the numbers. Just because you wish something doesn't mean its true.


Last time I looked at the numbers, Microsoft increased their market share more than Linux in terms of money. In terms of shipped units Linux increased more than MS. The numbers of shipped units was calculated from sold units. I.e. all free downloads was not counted.

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Except you are wrong again. Look at the numbers. Just because you wish something doesn't mean its true.


Last time I looked at the numbers, Microsoft increased their market share more than Linux in terms of money. In terms of shipped units Linux increased more than MS. The numbers of shipped units was calculated from sold units. I.e. all free downloads was not counted.


You are both wrong. The facts are this - MS's is increasing its server shipments in both units and money but this is less than the growth of the market. It is actually losing market share by a small amount. Proprietary Unix is losing market significantly. Linux is the only major operating system showing server market share increases (in both unit and money terms). On current trends it will not be untill 2012 that Linux exceeds Wimdows in terms of money (Servers from the major hardware companies shipping Linux preloaded). That's my reading of the latest IDC report on server trends.

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junior Member since:
2005-07-07

"Sorry to burst your bubble, but most people don't want Unix on the desktop."

Right. Most people don't know what they want. Most people don't even know what unix is. The reason that Windows has such a large share of the pie is because of the fact that it comes preinstalled on most computers, remember. Not because it is such a great OS.

And certainly not because 'most people don't want unix on the desktop'. That's the most silly statement I've read in weeks.

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>>>RE - Sorry to burst your bubble, but most people don't want Unix on the desktop.

Actually it's you who doesn't want unix on the desktop because as a user who is pretending to be a techie you know you're bluff will be called when faced with a unix system.

Remember - if you can't control a computer from a console session then you are a user not a techie.

The reality is that people want a PC which Just Works and isn't a bloated infected mess with a couple of months.

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Remember - if you can't control a computer from a console session then you are a user not a techie
Remember - if you have to control a computer from the console you're using an OS stuck in the 70s.

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