Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:28 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux "If you consider NetApplications' data set, then Linux owns only about 1 percent of the desktop OS market and Windows has almost 92 percent. But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent - and that would be in the form of Google's Android alone." No more or less legitimate than claiming Windows owns 92% of the market. It's all a matter of perspective.
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Amazing
by darknexus on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 01:31 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

It's incredible how much some Linux lovers will try to fudge any number they can. First it was "desktop Linux," and when those of us point out that desktop Linux will go nowhere, they suddenly want to move it to "Linux" in general regardless of the market. Look, I know this guy loves Linux (any comments on here will tell you that). But, and this goes for all Linux fans out there, you do yourselves no favors by fudging the numbers in this way and, in fact, you appear quite dishonest when doing so. By your logic, I can prove that Windows is the most dominant player in the marketplace as well. For once I agree with Nelson (and that doesn't happen often) that a statistic such as this is meaningless and removes all context. Hell, by this logic I could also prove that OS/2 has a decent market penetration due to its presence on a good number of ATMs and other kiosks. I won't, because doing so is dishonest in intent if not in fact, but I could easily slant the numbers that way.

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RE: Amazing
by galvanash on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 01:51 in reply to "Amazing"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

It's incredible how much some Linux lovers will try to fudge any number they can. First it was "desktop Linux," and when those of us point out that desktop Linux will go nowhere, they suddenly want to move it to "Linux" in general regardless of the market.


Ok... How about "Linux has 80%+ global marketshare in mobile". Is that moving the goalposts or fudging numbers? Would Linux fans pointing out that Windows Phone or iPhone will go nowhere in mobile be fair to you?

I'm being facetious of course, but I really don't get the problem with this... It is a relevant statistic, it doesn't indicate anything other than what it says it does. Its certainly a incredible turn of events over the last 5 years or so, doesn't that make it noteworthy?

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RE[2]: Amazing
by 0brad0 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 03:46 in reply to "RE: Amazing"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05


Ok... How about "Linux has 80%+ global marketshare in mobile". Is that moving the goalposts or fudging numbers? Would Linux fans pointing out that Windows Phone or iPhone will go nowhere in mobile be fair to you?


Except it is a meaningless statistic.

You can't take an app that runs on Ubuntu / Red Hat, etc. and run it on Android, but they are using the same kernel (even that isn't 100% true, Android's Linux based kernel is derived from stock Linux but it is heavily modified).

Just as you can't take an app that runs on iOS and run it on OS X but they are using the same kernel.

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RE: Amazing
by yester64 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 02:35 in reply to "Amazing"
yester64 Member since:
2012-07-28

Well i think Windows is still the major player if it comes to desktops.
In that sense if one put anything Linux related in basket it is tainted.
There is no question that Windows is insignificant player in the mobile world.
Still, i can not see that Linux will ever replace Windows. Maybe one day.
All these statistics are only good for those people that want to bend them to their purpose.
As for crapware, if you buy any cellphone from any telco you have already crapware on it. Only if you cut the middle man out you are getting the real deal. Isn't that expected?

Anyway, i always thought that these statics are kinda lame. Maybe a guidance of how a market trends but nothing more.

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