It has been a long time if ever that Linux has been described as a desirable OS but it is happening now. A survey of smartphone-lovers finds that more intend to buy Android/Linux next rather than iOS or worst, Phoney 7. Underneath it is the same stuff that consumers have not been choosing for a decade but the change is understandable. While the forces of evil denigrated GNU/Linux as “communism” and “cancer” and their multitudes of “partners” repeated the chants until the media believed them and common wisdom in the retail trade was than no one would buy GNU/Linux, the makers of smart phones have been uncontaminated. You can see ads on television for smart phones with Android/Linux from the manufacturers, ISPs, banks, etc. and many millions of people are showing them to their friends. The “partners” have been bypassed. The monopoly is now irrelevant.
Interestingly, while low cost has been touted as one of the major advantages of GNU/Linux, the smart phones with Android/Linux are often sold at a premium over the high-prices products from Apple. There is a long tail of lower-priced models but it is often the purchase of a smart phone from an ISP at a rate subsidized by the ISP and paid along with monthly usage that makes the Android/Linux smart phone reasonably priced. The openness of the system also permits many manufacturers, not just the biggies, to dive in and compete on price/performance. The result is Apple is being swarmed and cannot match the presence/hype/mind-share of Android/Linux. The same thing will happen in tablets and eventually in all forms of personal computers.
For share numbers see “Android Outranks Apple in Desirability–and That’s Huge”
The numbers are interesting. Android/Linux has passed iOS in desirability and Phoney 7 and iOS have both declined in desirability. FLOSS is knocking off two monopolists with one stone. By the time M$/Nokia get their act together, Android/Linux will be a winner, a new kind of monopoly of the multitude. Fragmentation? Software-patents? Ha! These are not an issue. Price/performance and competition beat constipation any day. This will spread to all PCs sooner or later. The world just does not need monopolists in Silicon Valley or Redmond. The world can create its own IT.
Want to give FLOSS a spin on your PC? Try Debian GNU/Linux. Want a smart thingie running some form of Linux? Go to any retail outlet for smart phones. Just stay away from Apple amd M$. You can run, examine, modify and distribute the software with few restrictions and lots of enablement.
Here are some sellers of smart phones:
Hmmm. That last one is interesting. Aren’t they the ones that decided GNU/Linux was not going to sell on netbooks after M$’s salesmen paid them a visit?