One of the knocks the non-free software movement makes against GNU/Linux and FLOSS is that the effort is fragmented. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. M$ has umpteen versions of its OS. Intel to announce 40 new server processors in 1H12. Multiply that out and you have a fragmented OS/CPU market if there ever was one. Purchasers will be lusting after GNU/Linux on ARM just to make acquisition easier. With the fragmentation in Wintel it is impossible to calculate price/performance to make rational purchasing decisions. That’s not efficient and it certainly is not what the buyers seek. It’s all about panic, fear that GNU/Linux on ARM or AMD or something will sneak up the middle and take some share in some niche.
Does Wintel really believe the world wants to agonize for years over what choice of OS and CPU and motherboard to acquire? I can remember the effort of choosing AMD v Intel and what clockspeed and how many cores in the days of single/dual core. Then there was 32/64bitness.
No doubt some salesmen will claim this snow-job will confuse buyers into buying more expensive products but it clearly is inefficient to have to create, advertise, sell and buy so many choices just to get the job done. We saw M$ flatten its growth when umpteen licensing models collided with umpteen version of that other OS and now Intel is doing the same. Good luck to them both. I think this will cause more to step off the Wintel treadmill sooner rather than later.
It’s fear that causes a soldier to waste ammunition firing full-auto into the night. Spray and pray is rarely effective except in helping the enemy zero in accurately and to assess the level of anxiety. What is Wintel fearing and where are they vulnerable? It looks like price/performance to me is their big weakness. They want to make it impossible to calculate price/performance ratios. No one can afford to buy all this stuff to try it out. No one wants to do that. It’s far better to use GNU/Linux instead. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It will work for you on any hardware giving the best bang for the dollar.