Android/Linux Overtakes XP on Weekends

The title says it all. Folks are using their Android/Linux smartphones a lot everywhere, even at work. Same with tablets. The personal computer has been redefined by consumers, employees, everyone but the sycophants of Wintel. The small cheap computers flooding the markets are computers and people, real people, love them. They are personal. Since “7” is on borrowed time and declining while Android/Linux usage shows higher growth than M$’s other offerings, it looks like in a year or two, Android/Linux will be the top dog in a sea of “others”.

Speaking of others, they are a fragmented mess with none able to gain huge share. Even the OS with few salesmen, GNU/Linux, trumps M$’s Phoney OS. It looks as if the future will soon be Android/Linux with a huge share and everyone else getting something like a few percent each. iOS is losing ground to Android/Linux. The only thing that’s sure is that there is competition for operating systems on retail shelves, something we did not have a few years ago. It’s all good.

“Linux server demand continued to be positively impacted by cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue increased 14.4% year over year to $4.1 billion in 4Q13. Linux servers now represent 28.5% of all server revenue, up 4.6 points when compared with the fourth quarter of 2012.”I do have fond memories of each new PC being more powerful than the one before but I don’t miss the fact that Wintel sucked up that power every few years pressuring people to buy anew. Apparently more CPU power will shift to servers/clouds. We have plenty on the small cheap computers for doing everything but drying hair. According to IDC, GNU/Linux is doing great on servers.

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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5 Responses to Android/Linux Overtakes XP on Weekends

  1. kukosdr wrote, “MS doesn’t have the trademark for the word “windows””

    That’s not what the USPTO says. After messing it up, USPTO now says that M$ has used the trademark so long they get to keep it. Cowardly pawns…
    see also a bunch of other registrations of the word by M$ in nearly every line of computer technology.

    M$ invented spam. They spam USPTO with software patents and trademarks that all should be rejected for obviousness, prior art and being generic. It’s one of the 101 ways M$ has stolen mind-share.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    Seriously, I never understood why they seperate Windows by version, yet they list all the different versions of MacOS X, Android and iOS as one OS.

    Also, MS doesn’t have the trademark for the word “windows” (this was settled with the Lindows case http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3311641 ) but they do have the trademark for things like “Windows 7”, “Windows XP”, “Microsoft Windows” etc

  3. kurkosdr wrote, “Why are Windows 8 and 8.1 shown as two different OSes”

    StatCounter does that. I used StatCounter’s numbers. You can add them if you wish but it doesn’t make any difference. When 8.1 was released sales of 8 plummeted. They are not really seperate, more like OS and update. Whatever. For Feb, 2014, StatCounter shows worldwide desktop-only share of 8 as 7.97% and 8.1 as 3.85%. Total is 11.82%, pretty sad for an OS from M$ out 1.5 years. Because of “insecure boot” it’s not being backported to older PCs and few are buying desktops/notebooks, a double whammy. Tablets? 0.x%, insignificant, even to StatCounter. It’s even lower than BlackBerry and GNU/Linux.

  4. kurkosdr wrote, “Tone down the newspeak. “Lose7″, “Phoney”, you hate MS we get it, but this is ridiculous.”

    M$ has no right to trademark “windows” so I don’t use it very often when referring to their stuff. Windows is a generic term meaning a rectangular region of screen with which a user can interact with processes connected with the region. They have no right to claim that windowing was their idea or that they have a special skill at windowing. It’s ancient technology which predates M$. The USPTO officially prevents companies form trademarking generic terms but they did not apply that rule to M$. I do.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    Why are Windows 8 and 8.1 shown as two different OSes, while all versions Android and iOS are presented as a single OS?

    I mean, what is the justification? Are you seriously implying the differences betwen Windows 8 and 8.1 are more significant than Android 2.x and 4.x? If so, you haven’t used Android much.

    On the good news, Android overtook iOS in browser share. The common excuse of iOS fans was that Android may have larger marketshare but iOS has larger browser share, hence Android users use their Android phones as dumbphones. Now they can no longer claim this.

    PS: Tone down the newspeak. “Lose7”, “Phoney”, you hate MS we get it, but this is ridiculous.

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