Robert Pogson

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Ding! Ding! Ding! That Bell You Hear Is The Anchor Chain Of Wintel Dragging Down The PC-Industry

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Ding! Ding! Ding! That Bell You Hear Is The Anchor Chain Of Wintel Dragging Down The PC-Industry

“Combined shipments of desktops, netbooks and notebooks showed a year-on-year decline of around 10% in the fourth quarter of 2012, as consumers favored Android and iOS pads over Wintel-based PCs. Microsoft and Intel will suffer further, with the Wintel PC market share expected to decline from 72% in 2012 to 65% in 2013.”

see Wintel PC market share set to fall to 65% in 2013 | Canalys.

Will the “PC” industry even continue to exist if it is kept as a conduit for M$’s junk software to an unwilling market? How many quarters of declining sales will OEMs and retailers need before they realize that the OS may just matter? Surely, they can see M$ affects the price and cutting ~$100 off the price of a ~$300 PC will keep PCs in the game? Imagine what will happen if another ~$100 is cut off by using an ARMed processor. In fact, people see tablets and smartphones as PCs and they are outselling x86 PCs by a wide margin. The answer for OEMs and retailers is not to cut back on x86 PCs but to put FREE Software on them and to put ARMed processors in PCs. It will save them a bundle and increase unit sales. Just ask Lenovo and Dell who see sales rising in the future in regions where they ship GNU/Linux.

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux if anyone is listening.

4 Comments

  1. oiaohm

    ram really what the hell are you talking about. Are you not aware of the Microsoft signed bootloader for Ubuntu, Redhat, Fedora and the.

    Sorry latest generation Amd stuff does run Linux. Its just a little distribution picky.

    http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/20303.html Universal shim boot-loader.

    Reality secure boot on x86 is a temp problem.

  2. ram

    Microsoft imposing UEFI on many motherboard makers is what is killing sales. No motherboards are available for AMD’s latest processors that will run Linux. Linux compatible motherboards are available from Intel and Shuttle, but that is about it for AMD64 architecture.

    The ‘white box’ computer shops are being completely hammered by this. Most of their customers use Linux so Microsoft boards are useless to them. Meanwhile Intel is selling barebones NUC kits like gangbusters.

  3. Robert Pogson

    bw wrote, “Those who continue to want a PC for their tasks will continue to want one compatible with what they have been using, namely a Windows PC or Mac. They will not want a PC that doesn’t work like the old one.”

    That may be true for some but any who hate the price of their PC relative to a ~$100 tablet or the constant re-re-reboots, slowing down, malware, or the immorality of M$ are looking for the exits. Surveys have shown some businesses have been checking GNU/Linux out as a viable alternative and the chief sticking point has been the office suite. Since many millions are migrating to LiberOffice/OpenOffice.org that is becoming less of a problem. Even the current offerings from M$ are seen as “incompatible” to XP and GNU/Linux is available in forms more familiar to workers. The reason business migration to GNU/Linux is so slow is that many are waiting for their XP machines to die which takes time.

  4. bw

    I don’t believe that many will listen to that since it is not a viable candidate for this market. Windows is losing popularity because traditional PCs are losing popularity. People whose computer needs, once satisfied by a PC or Mac, are now satisfied solely by their iPad or phone. Those who continue to want a PC for their tasks will continue to want one compatible with what they have been using, namely a Windows PC or Mac. They will not want a PC that doesn’t work like the old one.

    The cost of a phone or iPad is comparable to the cost of a notebook PC and the change in buyer preferences is not being driven by affordability, but rather by convenience.

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