Brian Proffitt who has been following the FLOSS scene long enough to know better recently repeated the lies:
- “Linuxâ€™s market share on the desktop has always been very small.” Utter nonsense, GNU/Linux share is larger than Apple’s and no one calls that small. Linux also underpins Android/Linux and that’s huge. Linux is not too small for Nvidia’s attention. Even M$ claims only 50-60% of PCs shipped by OEMs. Apple only claims 5%. There are plenty of machines shipped with GNU/Linux or are installed with GNU/Linux. Then there’s Android/Linux which shipped on more personal computers than M$’s stuff.
- Writing of problems with hardware drivers in Linux, “those situations are plentiful”. Again, GNU/Linux has tons of drivers and supports the vast majority of hardware “out of the box”. I have run GNU/Linux on thousands of PCs cranked out for Wintel and had very few problems with drivers. The last school where I worked had five kinds of PCs and a few other random computers without a single device not driven. A few students had WinModems but that was scarcely an issue in comparison to the ~100 PCs in the school. For $20 they could buy a nifty USB modem and were laughing. Naturally OEMs will ship GNU/Linux on machines for which all the drivers work and they ship many millions of them. That’s not woe. Canonical plans to ship on 5% of PCs next year. They are not worried about drivers. Why is Brian?
So, I don’t know what’s up but the pronouncement of GNU/Linux’s failure on the desktop or anywhere else are greatly exaggerated. There are still huge roll-outs taking place and every major and many minor OEMs are only too glad to ship GNU/Linux PCs if anyone wants them and many do. They usually ship no-OS so that folks can install what they want, too, and Many certify their hardware to work with Linux.
Once or twice a year a mosquito gets through and bites me. That’s no woe. That’s a mosquito bite. So are imaginary hardware issues with Linux.