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Re: Fun and FUD in the Fall Flamebait Follies
Posted by: Katherine Noyes 2009-09-10 05:58:18
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Maybe it was the fires raging in California. Or maybe it was a way to blow off some steam before summer came to its unofficial end. Whatever the cause, there's no doubt Linux bloggers were in the mood for some spirited debate in recent days. One might even argue, in fact, that more than a few posts out there in the blogosphere were designed to do just that -- start a fiery discussion. Did they succeed? You bet your flame-retardant keyboard they did.

GNU/Linux Current Share
Posted by: pogson 2009-09-10 09:35:26 In reply to: Katherine Noyes
TFA repeats a share number of 2%. We should not accept these numbers that come from biased samples/wrong universe. The only numbers we should accept come from unit production and fair/scientific polls by reputable/experienced sources.

IDC has the numbers but they will cost you $4500.

M$ has the numbers and they have admitted to 7% in a presenation by ballmer.

see http://www.osnews.com/story/21035/Ballmer_Linux_Bigger_Competitor_than_Apple

Face it. The market for PCs was down a few per cent and M$ took a big hit, 28% in its client division. M$ is beset with problems of its own making and one of them is that they are driving users to GNU/Linux with propensity to critical vulnerabilities, malware, DRM, WGdisA and higher prices/upselling. Even "7" will not save M$ if they insist on high prices. There are enough competitors of M$'s partners using GNU/Linux that the partnership is no longer solid. The share of GNU/Linux is growing rapidly no matter what its size. Sooner, or later, GNU/Linux will have a large share. I think sooner.
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