Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th May 2013 21:41 UTC
Windows "Windows is indeed slower than other operating systems in many scenarios, and the gap is worsening." That's one way to start an insider explanation of why Windows' performance isn't up to snuff. Written by someone who actually contributes code to the Windows NT kernel, the comment on Hacker News, later deleted but reposted with permission on Marc Bevand's blog, paints a very dreary picture of the state of Windows development. The root issue? Think of how Linux is developed, and you'll know the answer.
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RE[4]: This is anti-MS propaganda
by lemur2 on Tue 14th May 2013 08:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This is anti-MS propaganda"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

"You are most welcome. I should also add that the market really likes Linux. That is why despite being free Linux has a 1% market share. Because it is so awesome.

Or wait...

Does Linux have a 1% market share because it is so awesome or is it because people like myself are too stupid too see the awesome that is Linux? Isn't the prevailing view of Linux users that ordinary people are just too dumb too understand how amazing Linux is?

Yes, you are too smart and too cleaver for the rest of us. Isn't it wonderful up on that high horse mate?



Linux has only 1% marketshare on desktops and laptops because Microsoft coerces manufacturers into installing Windows.

However in markets where MS has little or no leverage - servers, supercomputers, embedded devices, phones and tablets Linux has been a spectacular success [and MS a spectacular failure].

In fact sometime in the next 2-4 years Linux (Android) will be the best selling OS as portable devices begin to replace most desktops and laptops.
"

Indeed, Android uses a Linux kernel, and it is easily the best selling OS on mobile phones. It has also recently just about caught up with iOS on tablets.

http://www.androidcentral.com/survey-says-android-claims-48-us-tabl...

Linux is the most popular OS for supercomputers, embedded in devices such as TVs, DVDs, PVRs, e-readers etc, even in cars, in network infrastructure such as routers, in servers, in render farms, and in server farms such as used by Google and Facebook.

Even for desktops, Linux ships currently on about 5% of machines sold.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA5ODM

Given all this coverage, over the whole of the computing market Linux is actually the majority OS of the computing world.

Oh, and given that many ordinary people in western countries own a car, a phone or tablet or both, a TV, a DVD player, a PVR, perhaps a separate GPS, maybe an e-reader, a wifi router and ADSL modem, and also a desktop or laptop ... then such an ordinary person is likely to be running about five times as many copies of Linux as copies of Windows.

Edited 2013-05-14 08:21 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Android != Desktop Linux.

It is like me including Windows CE PDAs and POS machines in Windows market share.

While Android is Linux based, the underlying kernel could have been anything. Linux is one component of what makes Android.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Android != Desktop Linux.


Agreed. However, Android does include Linux. The Android kernel is part of the main Linux source tree.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/252137/linux_unites_with_android_add...

It is like me including Windows CE PDAs and POS machines in Windows market share.


Hardly. Windows CE does not use the same source tree. I don't know what codebase Windows POS devices utilise.

While Android is Linux based, the underlying kernel could have been anything. Linux is one component of what makes Android.


Agreed entirely.

Therefore, if we wish to assess how many of the world's CPUs utilise a Linux kernel, we must include Android devices.

Edited 2013-05-15 05:30 UTC

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


It is like me including Windows CE PDAs and POS machines in Windows market share.


Nope. "Windows" is merely a brand used by Microsoft. It is not a particular technology. Windows CE and POS machines aren't part of the NT-based ecosystem.


While Android is Linux based, the underlying kernel could have been anything. Linux is one component of what makes Android.


Linux is by definition a kernel. So anything that uses a Linux kernel is 'Linux'. Conversely any desktop sytem that looks and behaves like a Linux distro but uses a different kernel isn't Linux.

So by definition Android is Linux and MintBSD is non-Linux.

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