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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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 08:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't mind popcorn!

But even if every man, woman and child on this planet and beyond will have 2 or 3 Android phones in his or her pocket I don't see how this would be any influence on the Windows on desktops marketshare.

I know some Linux extremists say you should run Linux on your PC, because your VCR probably runs it too, but I fail to see the connection or advantage.

On the Windows platform there are a number of professional applications, a number of free/open source ones and loads of games. Why would any developer drop Windows and switch to Linux because there are so many Android phones around?

It's not like anyone would want to get rid of their Office running Windows PC if they could run Office on Android?

The Android version of Linux isn't in the same league as desktop/server Linux. The reasons why the masses don't like/want Linux on their desktop doesn't change, because of the number of Android handsets.

The integration power of Android lies with its connection to the Google services and for those you can use Linux, Windows or OS X.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by 0brad0 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 09:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2007-05-05


The Android version of Linux isn't in the same league as desktop/server Linux. The reasons why the masses don't like/want Linux on their desktop doesn't change, because of the number of Android handsets.


There is no such thing as "Android version of Linux".

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 09:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, the modified Linux kernel Google uses for their operating system they call Android.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by cdude on Thu 24th Jan 2013 09:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2008-09-21

It already has effects. The Windows-desktop market is crashing. Lesser people are buying Windows and desktop-workstations. Android, iPhone, Chromebook, all taking the marketshare over while Wintel-workstations lose. Fast, rapid and still accelerating.

The other thing you missed is that its not only phones but also tablets, notebooks, tv's, hybrid-devicea, etc. which grow faster and faster. Android is on them too. From super-computer and server over consumer electronics to embedded. All Linux. While Windows is stuck in a rapidly shrinking market and fails since years to expand to anything else then fat desktop workstations.

Remember in what timespan Android raised and got double as much market share as Windows. So fast that just months ago people like our own Nelson denied that the Wintel marker is shrinking. Today its commonly known and all the Windows-workstation partners are crashing huge. Its also known that this transformation still accelerates faster and faster. This all is happening so fast that the time Windows9 comes out its a niche-OS for a niche-market.

All who are a bit older know how fast this can happen. Betamax, C64, Windows. The world moves on.

Edited 2013-01-24 09:47 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 09:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think, in one part, people are buying less desktop, because they don't have to. It's not like before when upgrading Windows required new and faster hardware. Desktops have become very powerful and I guess most are already overkill for what the user really needs.

And yes, mobile devices allow us to do more and more, needing our desktop less and less. But there are a lot of tasks where a desktop excels (pun perhaps intended) at.

So the time need to use one decreases, but its presence is still very much needed. And probably some people don't need one at all anymore.

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