I stumbled upon Mike Ermel’s blog and found this:
“What most North Americans do not know is that this is the only geographic location where it is still difficult to find a Linux PC on a retailer’s shelves. Dell has been selling GNU/Linux PCs in over 1,000 retail stores in India and China. Visit a WalMart in Brazil and you will find Positivo, a Brazilian-based company, is selling 21 different PCs with Linux. Dell is facing the fact that they are going to have to start offering GNU/Linux PCs, in order to take back some of the shelf space other computer manufacturers have been taking for themselves. As governments and schools around the world continue to embrace Linux, Dell has to decide to either provide Linux-based PCs and laptops, or to give that market share to their competitors.”
I agree. The future of IT clients is bright. People are loving small cheap computers, x86/amd64 PCs running GNU/Linux and, of course more servers than ever running GNU/Linux. I don’t see much possibility of this trend slowing in the near future, because fast and efficient is the right way to do IT. Any way you measure efficiency, GNU/Linux, Android/Linux and FLOSS are superior to that other OS. The world can make its own software and does not need to rely on a monopoly. The Wintel monopoly will have to change or die. A few units on ARM or smart phones won’t cut it when a better OS costs ~$0 per unit.
Mike has a lot of good posts but I have a little comment about one thing he wrote:“when I see Linux users talking about how Linux is going to end up at the top of the operating system heap, I have to chuckle. The incredible choice and flexibility of various Linux distros is exactly what will prevent Linux from ever becoming the number one operating system.”
The thing is */Linux is already the number one operating system on clients. Almost as many smart phones (237 million) than x86 PCs (360 million) shipped with Android/Linux in 2011. It’s no contest in 2012. In tablets, iOS still is doing well but that other OS is nowhere. Android/Linux takes up the slack. Then on x86/amd64, */Linux ships ~10%. The diversity of */Linux OS is an advantage in a clearly diversifying world of personal IT.