It never ceases to amaze me the forms that FUD takes. Look what just popped up, FUD about GNU/Linux even being in M$’s league. Now folks are writing that GNU/Linux is not even in Apple’s league on the desktop…
“But one thing’s for sure: OS X has been more successful than Linux, the open source operating system that has found a home on data-center servers but is still a rarity on desktops and laptops. Linux may have seen a surge last year, but it still hasn’t seen the sort of growth OS X has, nor the growth that Linux supporters have long hoped for.”
One sure way to cut through FUD is too look at SEC filings for Apple:
|Year||MacOS Units Shipped (millions)|
About 360 million desktop and notebook PCs ship annually so Apple is shipping around 4.6%. That’s decent, but has it anything to do with GNU/Linux sales/units shipped or installations? No. Apple is selling MacOS into a completely different market. They only have a few stores in China and those are mostly selling smart phones and tablets. Dell is selling Ubuntu GNU/Linux PCs in hundreds of stores in China. Apple’s gross margin was 40% while OEMs of PCs have typically ~10% margin. GNU/Linux thrives on small cheap computers.
TFA does not even mention GNU/Linux share but the assumption is they think the old lie of ~1% is truth. It’s not. It may have been true when that other OS was reaching its peak but then we had waves of malware, prices of PCs plummeted, and Vista, all of which made markets sensitive to price adopt GNU/Linux. That’s most of the emerging markets which are larger than established markets where Apple plays. Some of the largest countries of the emerging markets for PCs actively promote GNU/Linux, not MacOS. Heard of huge migrations to GNU/Linux? Yes. Heard of huge migrations to MacOS? No. Walmart.com.br‘s best-selling PC runs GNU/Linux.
No. GNU/Linux on the desktop is thriving. MacOS is catching up if anything. GNU/Linux is used everywhere from US military to Hollywood on desktops and servers. MacOS? Not so much. The main reason? Cost. You cannot legally run MacOS on COTS PCs. GNU/Linux will run anywhere for ~$0. MacOS comes with the baggage of a single-source supplier of hardware. MacOS does have the solid underpinning of a UNIX OS but so does GNU/Linux.