After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
Backtracking a bit:
He contradicts Hadron, by the way, about netbooks.
But otherwise the same old same old.
Apparently you were not around when Gartner published a pro-MS,
anti-Linux "research" report only to discover that they had failed to
remove the MS PR logo from the bottom of the report before they published
it. Then, there is our perennial favorite "analyst", Laura Didio, whose
frequent diatribes and research reports against Linux are counter
balanced by her work staring in MS sales videos.
. . .
Personally, I'd put the Linux desktop market share at between 8 and 12%
in the USA, with Mac at about 10%. That leaves Microsoft's share at
between 78 to 84%. Microsoft is SCARED. VISTA bombed and the PR/FUD
machine has pulled out all stops in Microsoft's drive to marginalize
Linux or discourage its adoption.
I don't quite buy the numbers, but I do buy the scared part, though it
doesn't take much to scare Microsoft these days.
The so-called "desktop metaphor" of today's workstations is instead an
"airplane-seat" metaphor. Anyone who has shuffled a lap full of papers
while seated between two portly passengers will recognize the difference --
one can see only a very few things at once.
-- Fred Brooks