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[5]: Marketshare
by 0brad0 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 09:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Marketshare"
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I think this is exactly the case where Stallman's otherwise pretentious "GNU/Linux" wording is useful, as it shows the difference between your reasonings clearly.

GNU/Linux, the operating system, stands at 1% on the desktop. It is a context we are well aware of.

Linux, on the other hand, is the most widely used kernel with 42% market share. That is also a context, because it means that it won't go away easily, and we may even expect it to improve if every (mobile) HW vendor now has to write drivers for it. This wasn't, and perhaps still isn't, the case for regular PCs.


But no one says "Linux" referring to the kernel alone. The everyday use of the name refers to GNU/Linux.

Linux == GNU/Linux != Android or the vast majority of the embedded devices out there.

Edited 2013-01-23 09:22 UTC

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RE[6]: Marketshare
by Savior on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 10:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Marketshare"
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2006-09-02

I don't, either. It's just that in this particular case, it is exactly the difference.

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RE[6]: Marketshare
by cdude on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 14:43 in reply to "RE[5]: Marketshare"
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2008-09-21

GNU is just one possible component of the stack. There are many many more. That RMS thinks his baby is the most important component, even more then the Kernel adding GNU in front of Linux when saying GNU/Linux is his view. Reality looks different. Wayne?

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RE[6]: Marketshare
by TemporalBeing on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 21:09 in reply to "RE[5]: Marketshare"
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2007-08-22

But no one says "Linux" referring to the kernel alone. The everyday use of the name refers to GNU/Linux.

Linux == GNU/Linux != Android or the vast majority of the embedded devices out there.


Don't think I agree.

The normal Linux desktop does typically include the GNU user-space. However, the vast majority of Linux installations do not necessarily. In fact, there's probably many more Linux installations that use the BusyBox userland instead - e.g. embedded systems - not to mention the now large set of installations that use the Android user-land.

So Linux === (GNU/Linux && Android/Linux && BusyBox/Linux && etc.); however, GNU/Linux != Android/Linux != BusyBox/Linux != etc.

Please note the congruency operator in that previous statement.

Personally, when I talk of Linux I typically mean the kernel or all various distributions of Linux - Android included - depending on context.

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