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[News] GNU/Linux Far More Widely Used Than Microsoft's Ex-Employee Michael Gartenberg Says in Lies-packed IDG Piece

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Far More Widely Used Than Microsoft's Ex-Employee Michael Gartenberg Says in Lies-packed IDG Piece
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:01:16 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The Linux desktop is already here

,----[ Quote ]
| I found it more than a little sad that 
| someone in 2010 could still think that 
| Linux is "still a non-starter on the 
| desktop." Please â wake up: We're all Linux 
| desktop users now.
| No matter what you're running on your 
| desktop -- Windows 7, Snow Leopard, XP, 
| whatever -- you use the Internet, right? 
| And you use Google to search? You talk to 
| your friends on Facebook, Twitter of some 
| other social network, yes? Then 
| congratulations â you're a Linux user.
| Thanks to the Web, desktop Linux is 
| everywhere. The old desktop metaphor is 
| dying. Every day that goes by the lines 
| between what used to be a desktop, a 
| server, and the network keep blurring. 
| Don't think so? Answer me this: How much 
| work could you get done without access to 
| the Internet? 


Operating Systems and Market Share Statistics

,----[ Quote ]
| What are other things to consider? For 
| starters how do these places collect their 
| statistics? What websites do they pull 
| their data from? The content of a webpage 
| very much determines the type of operating 
| system that a person is likely to view it 
| on. For instance these are the operating 
| system statistics from the last month for 
| my own (primarily Linux-focused) blog :
|     * Windows: 44.4%
|     * OSX: 8.03%
|     * Linux: 44.03%
|     * Other: 3.54%
| [...]
| Beyond just looking at the source of web 
| statistics of operating systems, when it 
| comes to the global market as a whole, you 
| have to consider the countless systems that 
| are offline or are rarely connected to the 
| internet. Unlike OSX where you can count 
| the systems by the amount of Apple hardware 
| sold or Mircosoft's Windows where they can 
| count the number of activations, a single 
| Linux ISO download can account for multiple 
| (sometimes even hundreds) of offline (or 
| online) installations.
| Truth be told, will we ever truly know the 
| precise market share of each operating 
| system? No, we will not. From my four 
| sources here (and others you can find 
| around the internet) I'm inclined to 
| believe that currently Windows floats 
| somewhere around 88%, OSX around 8%, Linux 
| somewhere close to 2%, and the rest can get 
| lumped into that wonderful "other" 
| category.
| What do you think? Know of another credible 
| source for market share statistics 
| regarding operating systems that I didn't 
| mention? Let me know! 



Evangelist Gartenberg back to being analyst

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| After only three weeks at Microsoft as an "evangelist," Michael
| Gartenberg is returning to his old job as vice president and
| research director at JupiterResearch.


Netbook OS Shouldn't Matter, But It Does

,----[ Quote ]
| Last week we heard about the first Android-powered Netbook (which I wrote
| about in First Android Netbook Nothing to Write Home About). Then on Friday,
| analyst Michael Gartenberg, who is VP of Strategy at Interpret, and who
| writes frequently about consumer technology sent the following Tweet:
| Is Android's future in Netbooks? NO! of course not.
| I tweeted back:
| @Gartenberg Not exclusively, but I could see Android being a viable Netbook
| OS.
| And Gartenberg replied:
| @ron_miller hard to see it. not the right apps and no better than Linux.
| Linux Netbook return rate is huge.


Desktop Linux: Actually Better than Windows in alot of ways

|    The article seems to harp on missing driver support for the
| latest hardware. But for most hardware driver support is not only
| there for Linux, it's built directly into the OS. Installing my
| printer required the following installation steps: 1. Turn it on.
| That's it! It's completely automatic. Drivers are located and
| installed automatically.

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