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