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Re: Global notebook shipments finally overtake desktops

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____/ Terry Porter on Wednesday 24 December 2008 08:03 : \____

> Now I see why the sudden spike in troll posts claiming Windows notebooks
> with hard drives are really netbooks, and trying to deny that Linux has
> 50% of the netbook market!
> begin{quote}
> As if there was any doubt in regard to what direction the computer
> industry's collective form factor was headed, research firm iSuppli
> issued a report today which confirms that the trend towards notebooks has
> finally arrived. Thanks in part to the rise of the netbook, Q3 2008 was
> the first in which desktop sales were globally eclipsed by those of the
> notebook.
> Calling it a "watershed event in the history of the industry," iSuppli's
> report caught the turning of the proverbial tables in its third quarter
> 2008 report on computer shipments. Worldwide notebook sales of 38.6
> million edged out desktop PCs by a hair at 38.5 million. In fact, it was
> a surprisingly strong quarter that was otherwise marred by a global
> economic downturn. "Momentum has been building in the notebook market for
> some time," iSuppli's report notes. It continues to state that this is a
> "major event in the PC market" because it ushers us into "the age of the
> notebook."
> Indeed we saw this coming, as notebooks outsold desktops in the US back
> in October, and our survey of the industry in January this year led us to
> call 2008 "the year of the laptop." Third quarter 2008 notebook shipments
> rose to nearly 40 percent from the same period in 2007, while desktop PC
> shipments declined by 1.3 percent. Overall PC shipments rose 15.4 percent
> over Q3 2007 to a total of 79 million units, surpassing even iSuppli's
> previous prediction of 12 percent year-over-year growth.
> Largely contributing to the notebook growth this quarter was the rise of
> the netbook: compact, slower notebooks with smaller displays typically in
> the range of nine inches. Leading the netbook's march was Taiwan's Acer,
> the world's third-largest PC manufacturer behind Dell and HP. Acer's unit
> shipment market share grew by 45 percent just from the previous quarter,
> and a whopping 79 percent year-over-year, thanks to shipping nearly three
> million more notebooks in the third versus second quarter of 2008.
> Speaking of the top manufacturers, the big five haven't changed from
> previous reports. HP held onto first place in during the third quarter
> with a market share of 18.8 percent, shipping 14.9 million units. Dell's
> in second with 13.9 percent and just under 11 million units shipped,
> followed by the aforementioned Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba rounding out
> fifth place.
> In light of third quarter shipments trouncing its prediction, but despite
> continued economic troubles, iSuppli has increased its 2008 unit growth
> forecast by one-half of a point to 13 percent. Its 2009 growth
> prediction, however, is at just 4.3 percent.
> end{quote}
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081223-global-notebook-shipments-
> finally-overtake-desktops.html

Check this new one out:

Laptop Shipments Surpass 70% of Japan PC Market

"Driven on by the popularity of low-cost netbook computers, shipments of
laptops have surpassed 70 percent of the Japanese PC market for the first

A year ago in Japan (maybe more) it was reported that PCs were laid aside in
Japan in favour of gadgets, many of which run GNU/Linux. As for netbooks,
almost half of them run a flavour of GNU/Linux.

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