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.
Thread beginning with comment 550079
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Linux is a kernel
by cdude on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Linux is a kernel"
Member since:

See, Linux isn't only a Kernel but also a set of API's provided by the Kernel. The term Linux refers to both AND to construction kits on top. That is your common base.

You can add, combined, exchange the Kernel itself (compile features in/out, modules, patches). You can add, combine, exchange the stack on top up to the applications. Linux is by no means static on this like Windows is. Linux is highly dynamic and there exist 1001^1002 possible combinations.

You will not find a single distribution shipping exact the same like another (even if you leave apps out). This is a key-point of Linux.

That's why its all "one Linux" since it describes a construction kit. Android is one implementation but even there different Android versions utilize the Kernel very different (eg Android 4.2 includes SELinux). This is VERY different from Windows.

So, if you like to break that numbers in pieces then what criteria would you use to cut when even Android 4.1 and 4.2 have so different kernels?

Your suggestion seems to be to cut into the smallest pieces possible. Why? To make your point that the largest smallest piece is smaller then all the pieces of Windows together (and I am not only talking here about CE-based WP7 and NT-based WP8, or SP's, or home/pro/enterprise but also drivers/localization/etc which are NEVER separate counted)?

Edited 2013-01-23 15:53 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1