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[11]: Marketshare
by 0brad0 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 19:16 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Marketshare"
0brad0
Member since:
2007-05-05


Also who the fuck uses driver cds these days? Windows will auto detect and install drivers and will update drivers through Windows update.


I just reinstalled a friends laptop the other day. Windows 7 did not support any of the hardware natively out of the box. Kinda hard to run Windows update if there is no network connection.

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RE[12]: Marketshare
by lucas_maximus on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:42 in reply to "RE[11]: Marketshare"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It is really quite rare that an Ethernet driver isn't present.

But you could say the same if you got a piece of hardware that wasn't supported with whichever build of the Linux kernel that recently came with the latest Ubuntu.

The only traditional personal computers that are normally exempt from this are macs.

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RE[13]: Marketshare
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:55 in reply to "RE[12]: Marketshare"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

It is really quite rare that an Ethernet driver isn't present.

But you could say the same if you got a piece of hardware that wasn't supported with whichever build of the Linux kernel that recently came with the latest Ubuntu.

The only traditional personal computers that are normally exempt from this are macs.


The point being, however, that Linux (the kernel, including as it does all the drivers) now has twice the market share of the Windows kernel. This means that hardware manufacturers with any sense making new hardware will make sure it has a Linux driver first.

The other point is that Linux does ship with very comprehensive driver coverage these days. Even fully-fledged Intel and Radeon GPU drivers are included in the Linux kernel source tree these days. Out of the box, the Linux kernel supports far more hardware, even legacy hardware that was out of production before Vista was released, is supported out-of-the-box by the Linux kernel these days. Linux support for hardware out-of-the-box these days is undoubtedly better than Windows, and arguably better than macs.

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