Digitimes reports that there is a looming shortage of manufacturing capacity for hard drives. It seems “the cloud” is soaking up lots of storage, making it more difficult for Wintel to find hard drives on which to place that other OS and its EULA… This will throttle the installation of “7” on enterprise replacement units. The shortfall was 10 million units in Q2 of 2011 and is expected to rise to 15 million units in Q3. Enterprises may delay roll-outs of “7” or they may choose thin clients or SSD devices or move to the cloud sooner. Any way, opportunities for GNU/Linux increase while Wintel withers. 25 million units comes to something like $250 million shortfall for licences for that other OS and more for M$’s office suite. That’s something like a 5% drop in revenue. It’s all good.
Further, manufactures have noticed that tablets don’t use Wintel…
“Wistron chairman Simon Lin, on June 22, commenting on the impact of tablet PCs, described Apple’s launch of iPad as a never-seen move, and it will take some time to figure out how to counter the move. He also believes that Apple has subverted the PC industry’s habits of depending heavily on Wintel, and 2011 is year for re-evaluation for the PC industry. “
Here’s a hint, Wistron and other Wintel “partners”. Go with Free Software like Android/Linux or GNU/Linux and free yourselves and your customers from the burdens of Wintel. The world wants small cheap computers and if you don’t supply them, someone else will.