It used to be that Wintel could count on 10% per annum growth year after year, reflecting utter dependence by the world’s population. Today, the story is much different. There have been years of lower growth and now IDC forecasts a further dramatic decline in 2015 and less than 300million units of legacy PCs to be shipped annually for the future.
This means Wintel has become a niche product depended upon only by a static population of slaves. This means the steadily growing shipments and installations of GNU/Linux will become ever more prominent. FLOSS will take its place in the last remaining domain of Wintel, the desktop. The dramatic trend in GNU/Linux page-views seen on StatCounter may well continue for years. IDC reports, “Although portions of the market saw genuine improvements in demand during the second half of 2014, part of the 4Q14 volume was inflated by an inventory build-up of “Windows 8.1 + Bing” systems in anticipation of Microsoft scaling back subsidies in early 2015. IDC expects the short term impact to hit consumer channels as they work to clear stock.” Chuckle. M$ has to pay people to distribute their client OS. Wintel may not be dead but it’s a sick, tired, bedridden old man.
Intel agrees: “Intel has lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 by nearly a billion dollars, citing a weaker than expected PC market.”
See Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel.