The Last Barrier To GNU/Linux Desktops Crumbles

According to Digitimes, Chromebooks are having 100% growth this year. That should put them on the webstatistician’s radar finally.“global shipments of Chromebooks are expected to top six million units in 2014 and double to 12 million units in 2015, driven by shipments from Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics in addition to Lenovo” This is breaching the final barrier to adoption of GNU/Linux on the desktop, retail shelves. Until the Chromebook there wasn’t much in the way of a global presence of GNU/Linux on retail shelves. ASUS was there briefly, and Dell and Canonical made progress but GNU/Linux is now doing well on every kind of legacy PC including thin clients.

See Lenovo to launch low-cost Chromebook in early 2015.

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 The Last Barrier To GNU/Linux Desktops Crumbles

  1. satrain18 says:

    I have two methods to determine the present popularity of an operating system.

    (1) statistics off of web servers I control or administer

    (2) a look around the train when I go into the city to see what commuters are using

    Both of these show Linux with a decided advantage. A distant second place are Apple devices, and a remote third place is Microsoft.

    Are those desktops only, or did you threw phones and tablets(Android) into the mix?

  2. ram says:

    I have two methods to determine the present popularity of an operating system.

    (1) statistics off of web servers I control or administer

    (2) a look around the train when I go into the city to see what commuters are using

    Both of these show Linux with a decided advantage. A distant second place are Apple devices, and a remote third place is Microsoft.

  3. matchrocket says:

    Maybe someday Microsoft will get the updates right to their Furnace Pro 3. Then they might have a chance at competing with ChromeBooks.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Interesting gesture, Dougie.

    Have you tried this thing called “mime?” In your case, I recommend it.

  5. dougman says:

    I gesture to say, that, Chromebooks are out selling Surface devices 10:1; at least Google is not paying people to use them…LOL.

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