THE BIG LIE About Operating Systems

“In terms of the smartphone operating system (OS) market, Android regained share over iOS to achieve an 86 percent share (see Table 2) in the second quarter of 2016. Android’s performance continued to come from demand for mid- to lower-end smartphones from emerging markets, but also from premium smartphones, which recorded a 6.5 percent increase in the second quarter of 2016.”
 
See Gartner Says Five of Top 10 Worldwide Mobile Phone Vendors Increased Sales in Second Quarter of 2016
Remember the bad old days when M$’s lock on desktop OS was in question, legally? Well, the courts whimped out and allowed the damage done by monopoly to be locked in. Along the way, one of the big lies told by M$ to the world that having monopoly was a natural consequence of being first to market despite Beta v VHS and other examples. They gave a bunch of reasons why operating systems were different but it was all a lie. We see that in smartphones where Apple with iOS was basically first to market and with a decent product but at an outrageous price. For years iOS has been displaced by Android/Linux for good reason, price/performance. That’s what should matter in a free market.

The current situation?

  • Android/Linux 86%
  • iOS 13%
  • TOOS 0.6%

The desktop also is not locked in. Despite slow progress at times, GNU/Linux is gradually gnawing away at M$’s lock on the desktop. It happened in my schools, in my home, in governments in Europe and a few places around the world. It’s obvious the world can make its own software and does have a complete stack with GNU/Linux.

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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7 Responses to THE BIG LIE About Operating Systems

  1. luvr says:

    This is the sad reality if serious investment was put wine and reactos there is every chance that there could be better compatibility than what Microsoft offers up in the desktop versions.

    That reminds me how LibreOffice is infinitely better at reading old Microsoft Office formats than new Microsoft Office releases are. I have encountered at least five occasions where Microsoft Office simply crashed when it attempted to open a Word or Excel file, while OpenOffice, and later LibreOffice, opened the file just fine.

  2. Admin says:

    Im a sysadmin running a large installation of Chromebooks, more than 3000 of them. They are cheap compared to a similarly spec PC, in order of 1/10 of the price. But, most of all they work, well, reliably. The amount of work put in on admin is silly in comparison to a PC farm.

    Windows 10 is no better than previous versions and people have finally learned this and see through the PR. As CIO´s will discover this, not only can you shave tons of money off of your PC IT budget and do other fun stuff. You can also have a functioning enviroment for your business.

  3. oiaohm says:

    The biggest competitor to Windows is Windows, and win32 in particular. Microsoft can’t replace it (with Metro), they want to replace it but they can’t. Everyone, FOSSies and MS, want to replace win32 with their own little crappy API and their little crappy library of apps, but the market, aka us people in general, just wants that wealth of apps and quality mature stuff like MPC HC, Photoshop, PowerDVD, PowerDirector etc. We don’t want Metro (cr)apps or inferior knockoffs…

    kurkosdr you are still serous-ally ignoring something.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.psmobile&hl=en
    More and more what were prior win32 applications are appearing in Android form.

    Yes Windows might be its own biggest competitor but number two is very quickly becoming Android with OS X moved back to number 3.

    Desktop windows apps are however very compatible with old OS versions (Windows 7 runs practically every desktop app) thanks to win32.
    Please do not lie about stuff that can be benchmarked.
    http://test.winehq.org/data/
    The most error free versions of Windows that can be tested is windows 2003 or windows 2008. Windows 7 cannot in fact run lot of early win32 applications correctly.

    Windows 8 and Windows 10 for percentage of applications with compatibility errors starts making wine look good.

    Windows 7 is better than XP at running older applications but 7 is not as good as 2003 or 2008 at doing it.

    This is the sad reality if serious investment was put wine and reactos there is every chance that there could be better compatibility than what Microsoft offers up in the desktop versions.

    The reality just because Microsoft says it win32 compatible does not mean it is compatible than wine is by support applications percentages with the newer versions of Windows.

    Also there is a fun little fact.
    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/7/2010/03/15/year-2038-problem/
    Win32 ABI suffers from the 2038 problem in a lot of places. To get away from this at least a few years before 2038 we have to change binary format. Win64 or bust basically. So legacy support cannot last forever and we know one expiry date of win32 so the clock is ticking down. Of course there might be another expiry date closer.

    Its just like the end of life is ticking down on 32 bit Linux on the same date. Difference here is most Linux applications are rebuilt 64 bit. So for 2038 Linux is mostly ready.

    Also you have to drop Cyberlink PowerDirector as it not really windows only thing any more. Cyberlink PowerDirector android version contains every single feature of the windows version. Not a knockoff product. So more and more of the quality mature stuff is appearing on Android. So under Linux desktop is coming do I attempt this application under wine or an android emulator of some form.

    We are ending up in a very interesting location to say the least. Most of the worst programs to attempt to make run under wine are appear as android applications that run perfectly in android emulators.

    kurkosdr the reality here is win32 as a barrier is becoming thinner. With the domination of Android you also find yourself in the location today were some tasks are only done by android apps as well. Going forwards you can see Linux Desktops have support for both of the most common applications formats being Windows and Android. We are also seeing windows now adding Linux application support. I really don’t know where OS X/OSi will remain in this three way. At worst OS X/ OSi will become a ignored third wheel.

    Remember with mucking around you get normal Linux applications running on Android as well. So Android, Windows Desktop and Linux Desktop I expect them to end up with win32/64,Android and Linux normal application support of variable quality.

    The picture going forwards is very messy no longer a clear if we support win32 application platform this is support every where good enough. So now application makers are making more applications for multi platforms.

  4. kurkosdr says:

    I think you meant TSOOS (That Statistically Other OS).
    http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-201607-201607-bar

    It ranks below “Nokia Unknown” and a hair above Nokia Series 40. This means that J2ME is a platform with a larger market share than Windows 10 Mobile.

    Microsoft’s practice of requiring the latest major version of the OS while providing no guaranteed upgrade path to existing users (three times as of now) has made the OS the Desktop Linux of mobile phones, without all the “freedom” thing.

    Desktop windows apps are however very compatible with old OS versions (Windows 7 runs practically every desktop app) thanks to win32.

    The biggest competitor to Windows is Windows, and win32 in particular. Microsoft can’t replace it (with Metro), they want to replace it but they can’t. Everyone, FOSSies and MS, want to replace win32 with their own little crappy API and their little crappy library of apps, but the market, aka us people in general, just wants that wealth of apps and quality mature stuff like MPC HC, Photoshop, PowerDVD, PowerDirector etc. We don’t want Metro (cr)apps or inferior knockoffs…

  5. dougman says:

    M$ and business will continue for a long while. I know CIO’s and that is all they think and drunk at the office, M$ KOOLAID.

  6. dougman wrote, “we are on the last version of Win-Dohs ever, it’s relevance will begin to fade.”

    I expect M$’s strategy is to minimize the cost of onward development while locking in APIs indefinitely. So far, the strategy is stumbling. PC sales have plummeted as growth of GNU/Linux has flattened. I think that means GNU/Linux share of sales has increased and is masked by declining unit sales. I’d wish that M$ would withdraw from the business but there’s still money to be made printing licences. It’s certainly not a growth centre for them.

  7. dougman says:

    Since we are on the last version of Win-Dohs ever, it’s relevance will begin to fade.

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