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[13]: Marketshare
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:55 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: Marketshare"
lemur2
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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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RE[14]: Marketshare
by lucas_maximus on Thu 24th Jan 2013 10:54 in reply to "RE[13]: Marketshare"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

[q]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.


It is quality vs quantity argument, Linux might have more drivers but they probably aren't full featured (like the Graphics card drivers, sans Nvidia).

I am sure you will argue the toss anyway.

Also a lot of devices are phones and tablets that I will wager have closed drivers.

Edited 2013-01-24 10:55 UTC

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RE[14]: Marketshare
by zima on Tue 29th Jan 2013 19:55 in reply to "RE[13]: Marketshare"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

hardware manufacturers with any sense making new hardware will make sure it has a Linux driver first.

Most of those seems to be for embedded hardware, which you won't find in the open anyway.

The other point is that Linux does ship with very comprehensive driver coverage these days. [...] even legacy hardware that was out of production before Vista was released, is supported out-of-the-box by the Linux kernel these days

Legacy hardware is often shabby under Linux, often works just barely (I'm saying this as a sort of collector of old webcams; what finally improved the situation: Windows Vista logo requirements, a webcam must support USB video class)

Edited 2013-01-29 20:07 UTC

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