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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Cast your gaze wider
by r_a_trip on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 11:07 UTC
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I'll admit that the article and graph paint with pretty broad strokes. Nevertheless, all the people railing against lumping together all the incarnations of Linux together fail to realise one thing.

42% of all consumer devices currently use a Linux kernel and therefore they are dependent on software surrounding the Linux platform. This is bad news for Microsoft, who currently only command 20% of consumer devices with the NT kernel. It means NT as a platform and ecosphere is shrinking. Assuming the majority of the NT kernel installations are on traditional desktop type machines, a market that is shrinking itself, this can only get worse if MS fails to crack their mobile conundrum.

This can have far reaching consequences. Broadly speaking 42% (Linux kernel) + 24% (Apple XNU) = 66% of current consumer devices are powered by kernels in the Unix ecosphere. This means that having knowledge of the NT ecosphere is becoming far less important than knowing your way around Unixy platforms. If MS can't stem the tide and get the NT kernel to be at least 30% of this market, this could bring about a shift in which platform family is targeted first for development.

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