IT Without Monopoly – It Works

“The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.”There’s no surprise that IT is vibrant with FLOSS and without monopoly. Just read the summary of IDC.

No one has a monopoly in smartphones so the sources of supply are numerous and diverse. Prices are competitive. Consumers have choice. Compare that with the moribund market for legacy PCs, paralyzed by M$’s greed. All the legacy PCs are the same, over-priced, bulky and heavy because that’s the way M$ wants them so M$’s price can be hidden. Otherwise, that other OS would have shipped on ARM ages ago and the Atomtm would have emerged ages ago, too. Nothing to benefit the consumer was on M$’s radar. Intel and many other “partners” of M$ colluded in this but they are all having to work for a living this year.

That’s changing of course. After seeing what smartphones can do compared to any old PC, consumers, retailers and OEMs are finally seeing that FLOSS will work for PCs as well. The cure for all the ills of the market is just to avoid any product from M$.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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9 Responses to IT Without Monopoly – It Works

  1. ram says:

    Actually the market for “legacy PC’s” is booming, IF you mean pre-UEFI Linux compatible hardware!

    The new global Samsung/Google crosslicensing agreement is going to cause major grief for Apple and Microsoft, not to mention their so called “partners”. 😀

  2. dougman says:

    I once got three older Dell machines up and running that had bulged caps on the boards, Windows would not install but Linux did. The customer ran a auto parts store, with a Unix back-end database over SSH. So all they really needed were machines that could browse and run a terminal; in the end he ended up buying three Chromeboxes and three new flatscreens.

  3. lpbbear says:

    “I am always amazed in how much e-waste is generated from using M$. For example, you take a old computer or a used hard drive, and boot Linux on it and all the prior problems seemingly disappear.”

    So true…..

    Looked at a customers system running WinXP recently. The system was incredibly slow. Since I was going to reload the system for the customer I used a Linux disc to boot the system and attempt to save the data. Any attempt to access the data on the hard drive was still slow. Ok, so I removed the hard drive and used a USB external caddy to try to access the data….still slow but eventually I was able to copy the data off the drive for safe storage using a Linux system.
    After installing the drive back in the customer case I attempted to run the original WinXP disc and do a complete wipe and reload. Total bog down. Finally fed up with the glitches I grabbed a Linux disc and installed it on the drive. Worked perfectly. Speed back to what you would expect. No problems. Since the customer wanted WinXP I then attempted to install WinXP again. This time it also worked perfectly and continued to do so after the install. Virus? Scrambled NTFS? Who knows? Who cares?
    The customers system now works again because of Linux. If I had followed the Windows path while trying to reload this system I would have had to replace the hard drive to get it working again.

  4. dougman says:

    I am always amazed in how much e-waste is generated from using M$. For example, you take a old computer or a used hard drive, and boot Linux on it and all the prior problems seemingly disappear.

    This is why I say, “You do not have a computer problem, more likely it is a Windows problem.”

  5. Mats Hagglund wrote, “Total 79-80 million devices using Apple operation systems – market share less than 18%.”

    The only thing I like about Apple is they publish units shipped in 10-Q:
    For 2013

    • iPhone 150 million
    • iPad 71 million
    • Mac 16.3 million
    • iPod 26.3 million

    It’s huge but phony IMHO. Over-priced stuff made in the same factories as all the other stuff. Why pay twice for a loaf of bread in a pretty bag? I’ve seen a lot of products from Apple in schools. Lately most of it was gathering dust in storage rooms. Apple didn’t even try to compete on price/performance, just hype. Their deity said they couldn’t even produce a unit for less than $500… He was a liar. Despite using FLOSS underneath Apple wraps their stuff in garbage and because of a restrictive EULA claim it’s somehow better.

  6. Mats Hagglund says:

    Sometimes it’s really useful to check how Gartner and IDC saw the future of tablet (of our time) some years ago. Here’s one of those:

    ” Apple will dominate tablet market through 2015, says Gartner ”

    ” By 2014, Apple’s share will have dropped to 51.8% on sales of 115 million tablets, while Android sales will have climbed to 76 million, representing 34.2% of the market. ”

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215706/Apple_will_dominate_tablet_market_through_2015_says_Gartner

  7. Mats Hagglund says:

    And using with same data i got for Apple:

    -51 million smart phones
    -23.3 million tablets
    – some 5 million Mac OS X (est.)

    http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/28/apple-reports-q4-2013-year-end-results-7-5-billion-profit-on-37-5-billion-in-revenue/

    Total 79-80 million devices using Apple operation systems – market share less than 18%. And of course Q4 has always been their best Q .

  8. Mats Hagglund says:

    I made some speculations with those latesta smartphone and tablet sale figures.

    iPhone got 17.9% (down 3%), Nokia told about 8.2 million Lumia sales (less than 2.9%). We know that small players (BlackBerry, Bado etc) got less than 2.5%. 100% sure that Android got more than 75% slice of markets. Most likely some 76% or even 77%.

    Then there is about 67% market share of tablets going to same direction – Android Linux.

    Q4 2013:
    -219.5 million Android smartphone
    -52.5 million Android tablets
    —————————————————
    total…. 272 million Android mobiles (~75% market share)

    PC: 82.2 million (by IDC)

    Mobiles…362.9
    PC…………..82.2
    ———————-
    total……….445.1 million

    Android Linux= 272/445.1 x 100 = ~61%

    http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140124PD203.html

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24645514

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24595914

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