OK, gaming’s a niche in IT, a place where teenagers and young men work out their frustrations with the real world… but it has long been one of the few places GNU/Linux has not thrived: gaming, business, and retail shelves. All that is ending in 2014 with news from CES 2014:
“Valve’s new hardware partners are Dell’s Alienware, Alternate, CyberPower PC, Falcon Northwest, Gigabyte, Maingear, Material.net, Next, Origin, Scan Computers, Webhallen, and Zotac. Prior to Valve’s small CES news conference, Digital Storm and iBuyPower announced that they will be building Steam boxes. Many of these are small, obscure computer OEMs, but three of the companies — Dell’s Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Gigabyte — are major PC gaming powerhouses.”
OK, if those players are too small, consider that HP and Lenovo are at long last going to produce */Linux PCs for businesses and consumers. Lenovo is the Chinese outfit that bought out IBM’s client PCs, remember? They have grown globally. If they enter a market, it will be in a big way. HP? They are reputed to be #1 in production of legacy PCs. HP has been struggling to maintain that share recently but if new management sees */Linux as viable, it will happen and retailers will sell what these two produce because they are globally recognized brands.
There you have it. All three of the last props under the Wintel house of cards are being yanked out. The world can and does make its own software and does not need M$. The world can and does make other CPUs than Intel. After 2014 there will be no niche in IT owned by M$.