Want a good laugh? Read an article by a fan of that other OS. I think I have found the best one ever written showing a few facts and a whole lot of wishful thinking:
- Both big and small companies around the world rely upon that other OS – true for the most part but not generally true; there are many examples of businesses and organizations saving a bundle and getting better IT without that other OS, using GNU/Linux, for example,
- Companies like HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo have practically institutionalized that other OS – definitely true a few years ago. M$ had trained them to be loyal lapdogs while denying consumers choice but recently they are rebelling: Dell with Ubuntu and HP with WebOS. Acer and Lenovo are disloyal outside USA/Canada.
- Software Availability – perhaps true once upon a time. There are tons of software available for GNU/Linux. Many businesses and consumers need no proprietary software or OS at all. The world can write its own software. Partners of M$ need not apply.
- Cash – definitely an asset for M$ but they don’t have enough money to buy all the competitors in the world, especially FLOSS developers and distros. The world is much bigger than M$. M$’s cash will not last five years at the rate FLOSS is being taken up. M$’s revenue for licences for that other OS will decline from here on in.
- Market Share – definitely wrong here. TFA trots out the 89% figure when in fact the attach rate on new PCs is below 80% and that’s not counting new platforms with lots of growth on ARM. Many reliable sources put the current share of running systems at 86% and dropping each year.
- no Necessity of another OS – HAHAHAHA. Gasp! Ask the folks who have been hacked savagely and lost tons of money and accounts due to the porosity of that other OS. Ask the folks who are spending two or three times more supporting that other OS than it would cost to have good IT with GNU/Linux.
- Mobile Focus of the competition keeps M$ safe – nope. Mobile keeps the competition safe from M$’s anti-competitive acts while it gains strength. This year more ARMed systems running Linux will ship than that other OS ships on Intel. That’s strength and already folks are finding that “mobile” technology works well on desktops.
- Lapdogs Keep Launching products running that other OS – yes, as they desperately try to maintain market share. Folks saw a decline in shipments of notebooks because Linux on ARM fits so well on tablets and smart thingies. OEMs are about to enter the ARMed and Linux markets as a defensive move in spite of affiliation with M$.
- All the Form Factors are covered – nope. Smart Phones sing with Android/Linux. M$’s share on smart phones is declining from the pitiful level it has had. Phoney “7″ could not even copy-and-paste or update for a long while. Nokia has done little for M$ except take some money. There are some tablets running that other OS but no one likes them. Folks are going to want the trouble-free performance they get from smart thingies with Android/linux on their desktops and notebooks. Already there are a few products coming to market.
- Competitive Landscape Isn’t Dangerous – chuckle. Keep your head in a dark place a bit longer. Android/Linux is selling hundreds of thousand of copies per day and still ramping up. M$ is seriously losing share of personal computing space. The world is not waiting for the next big thing from M$. There is no need. Linux is it.
For a good laugh read eWeek -Don Reisinger – Enduring Market Dominance: 10 Ways Microsoft Maintains It. Warning! Don’t hurt yourself laughting. Remember to take deep breaths.