If there ever was evidence that FLOSS is a better way to do IT, the smart phone is it:
- lots of choices for the consumer
- Android/Linux (FLOSS OS from Google) shipments at 47.1% of the market, up 105% over last year
- iOS (Apple) down 26% at 20.8%
- Phoney “7” (M$) at 1.7%
Of course, there’s more to a smart phone than the OS but all of these smart phones are made by people who know what they are doing and they advertise and have sales channels that know how to sell things. Certainly, Android/Linux is acceptable to consumers just as GNU/Linux or OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice are. Given a level playing field FLOSS works. It is a better way to do IT because it keeps costs down, is very flexible and can give makers and consumers what they want. FLOSS is good for everyone except those who cling to the out-moded non-free software.