M$, one of the most powerful corporations on the planet cannot produce the best software for servers as evidenced by Netcraft’s latest analysis of reliable hosting. 2 in the top 10 and 5 in the top 41 is indecent performance for a company that tells the world it should run the world’s IT. The reason Apache and others do so well on the web is that there is competition. No retailer or OEM stands in the way of other software suppliers on the web.

The desktop will be a much more interesting place once OEMs and retailers stop their irrational obedience to the false emperor, M$. This emperor has no clothes.

Here, in my school, we have better performance, reliability and cost because we spend scarcely a penny on M$’s stuff thanks to Debian GNU/Linux. Whether it is smooth firewall and networking utilities, desktop or server operating systems, GNU/Linux has what we need.

Out on the web, M$ has an army of astroturfers proclaiming that GNU/Linux has less than 1% share of desktops and that “best practice” is to scrap working computers every few years and that a whole organization must run that other OS just because some particular application runs only on that other OS. These lies, repeated often enough, are believed by uncritical thinkers despite the obvious flaws in reasoning. Critical thinkers can find plenty of evidence that GNU/Linux runs on 5-10% of PCs, more in some places like Brazil where most barriers to adoption are gone. That share has been achieved with very little advertising except sharing by individuals. As new architectures like ARM and tablets come on the market and XP is killed, GNU/Linux will have a decent share of PCs and M$ will have failed utterly in its dream of a licence for each PC for its OS.

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 Failure

  1. spc says:

    I reckon 3-4% that’s desktop linux.

  2. Ray says:


    How would you know it’s 30-40%? The statistics can be unreliable, and we can’t guess, or adjust the percentage of the statistics, because of the bias everyone has.

  3. NetApplications currently touts 0.93% for Linux, ignoring Androids as Linux entirely.

    W3Schools latest result is 4.7%.

    The Wikimedia stuff is about 2% but it’s heavily weighted to English Wikipedia which is not representative of the world.

  4. Dann says:


    Supposedly 30-40 % of Brazil uses FOSS.
    Russia and some other Eastern countries also have higher two-digit rates.
    Only in the US are these figures “supposed” to be abysmal. Really, I’d say 8% or more GNU/Linux adoption in Canada/US.

    Even Ballmer admits it’s higher than Apple’s market share.

    People of the younger generation don’t see the need to always have M$ when other options are available. We are a curious and tech-savy group, more focused on how we want technology to work for us, then having a corporation dictate it.

    I had no second thoughts about wiping Windows from my college laptop. Luckily I had a friend to help ease the transition. Now I’m far more adept than I could have ever been using that other OS.

    Life is good.

  5. Ray says:

    But if you look closely in the Google search results, most of them had dated back more than a year. So I don’t think that there would be any more claims that it’s less than 1%.
    But on the other hand, I don’t think 5-10% of PCs (Desktops, Notebooks, and Netbooks) are running Linux . None of the counters, (Including w3schools) was in that range. And we can’t adjust it, as there’s many factors that push it up, and down.

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