M$’s True Market Share Is Just 20%

“while Microsoft operating systems were found on 97 per cent of all computing devices as recently as 2000, Redmond’s current share is just 20 per cent, thanks to the explosion of mobile devices in recent years.”

see Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20% • The Register.

Yep. After a bunch of quarters where consumers were spending money on small cheap computers, the people in ivory towers have discovered that the emperor has no clothes. M$ now operates in a niche of business and consumer notebooks/desktops which is not growing much. Hint: Without growth, M$’s business model falls down. The slaves are only happy to slave on if they get some crumbs. Without growth, M$ is the only one to get any crumbs and the slaves become resentful. Equate slaves with OEMs, ISVs, retailers, and consumers. Businesses are becoming disillusioned as more businesses, governments, educational institutions switch to FLOSS and GNU/Linux. Want IT for less in order to compete? Run away from M$. I suggest Debian GNU/Linux. It works for you and not for M$.

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26 Responses to M$’s True Market Share Is Just 20%

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Steven Kinski the troll wrote:

    “That’s not even an English sentence. Has Linux no spell checker?”

    You’re a troll. You don’t count. You’re just a temporary personality. You’ll insult your way off this blog and then come back as another nym.

  2. Steven Kinski is a spammer and troll. He is hereby banned.

  3. Steven Kinski wrote, “Has Linux no spell checker?”

    Both “Good” and “by” are valid words not detected by a spell-checker. The sentence fragment can even parse. One would need a grammar checker to notice that it had no verb, but even then it may have an implied verb, a colloquialism.

  4. Steven Kinski says:

    Good by loser.

    That’s not even an English sentence. Has Linux no spell checker?

  5. kozmcrae says:

    Steven Kinski, the latest Microsoft troll to self immolate.

    Oh wait, he’s been here before. They can’t help themselves. They are losers. Good by loser.

  6. Steven Kinski says:

    Kozmcrae, you dumb clown. Go back to your acting lessons. You are in dire need of them.

  7. kozmcrae says:

    The troll MK wrote:

    “Have you been suggesting ordinary consumers run command line tools and LXDE desktop on their smart phones?”

    That wasn’t your question. You asked: “Right, Mr. Pogson, do you have a mobile device powered by Debian GNU/Linux?”

    He answered that troll. You are falling back on an old Microsoft troll tactic, attacking GNU/Linux in detail.

    That video is just technical slice of time in the development of GNU/Linux on mobile devices. He showed LXDE on the mobile phone but he just as well could have used KDE. But why? It’s a tiny device. It was just a demonstration that Linux can be run, as is, on small, mobile computers. Microsoft had to strip Windows down to its underwear (Window 8) to get it to fit on mobile and do anything worthwhile with it.

    By the way troll, how soon are you going to self destruct in a storm of vile insults?

  8. oiaohm says:

    MK Really there is a lot of interesting things going on in the Linux world.

    The idea that you dock you phone into TV or Large screen and work is happening.

    There is a change under way to make interface libraries in C and python for everything in Linux to reduce command line usage.

    There is a high possibly that a person does not have to choose android or Debian or Ubuntu particularly once the kernel merges.

    We are also seeing Fedora talk about application collections to end dependency hell. 2012 has been busy for Linux 2013 looks to be even more dynamic.

  9. MK says:

    Mr. Pogson, I’ve watched the video you posted in above, and honestly, either there is a misunderstanding, or you are out of your mind. Have you been suggesting ordinary consumers run command line tools and LXDE desktop on their smart phones? Even assuming you are an uber geek and die hard Linux advocate, still, you can’t be serious.
    Would you buy such a phone? Would you get one for your wife, who is, apparently, no stranger to Debian GNU Linux? In fact, can you please go and ask her to download and chroot into a Debian6GnuLinux image, then please, politely suggest, she should use command line tools and LXDE desktop, instead of whatever she’s been using so far. I am genuinely interested it what your wife would have to say to that, please report back as accurately as possible.

  10. pogson says:

    MK wrote, “Mr. Pogson, do you have a mobile device powered by Debian GNU/Linux”

    The next Linux kernel will be identical to the Android/Linux kernel. Even now, there are Debian GNU/Linux installations on smart phones.

    e.g. see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4Mgcp-2-xI

    I would use those for command-line tools but a desktop still works. The new CPUs have sufficient power and the new phones have sufficient memory.

  11. pogson says:

    MK wrote, “Don’t give me any more of anti-MS propaganda, it’s become tiresome.”

    We are in a war and while we can laugh at or ignore M$ from time to time, eternal vigilance is required. M$ continues to spend $billions on advertising and making exclusive arrangements in the market. We should never quit taking pot-shots at M$ lest they ever be seen to be just another business competing on price/performance. They would shrink to a fraction of their present size if they competed legally. Much of the world has become tired of M$’s tricks but it is too soon to be polite with M$ and its fans.

  12. Mats Hagglund says:

    I don’t know is countries like Finland just exception because some 8% of Finns visiting my blog site are using Linux desktop(excluding Android smart phones). That has been the situation since late 2010. And my blog site is non-geek/non-computer. Hardly even 18% are using nowadays IE-browser. There are more than 25 000 clients at schools and universities using OpinSys Ubuntu and it’s not the only Linux system for Finnish schools.

    Those clicks from Sweden are 4-5% Linux. There is also remarkable many visitors from Estonia and Germany using Linux.

  13. MK says:

    @Dougman You preach to a convert. Don’t give me any more of anti-MS propaganda, it’s become tiresome. What’s the fun in bashing? Let’s talk about the good stuff that our host has been recommending, Debian GNU/Linux. Surely, you have something positive to say, or should I conclude that a Debian GNU/Linux advocate can only rejoice in besmirching competing products?

  14. Steven Kinski says:

    20 percent? Seems about right. Why this is news only now has to do with the fact that not long ago we’ve been living in a Microsoft bubble. With the side effect of greatly distorting the big picture. There were always plenty of other operating systems next to Microsoft’s offerings but as most of them did not exist in the same consumer market Microsoft once so utterly dominated, you could easily paint a picture where Microsoft’s operating systems basically ruled the world. Even if that wasn’t true. But Microsoft certainly (ab)used this public misinformation to the best of its abilities.

    Still, it’s no time to pat onself on the back, as even now it’s not at all easily possible to buy a PC without Windows. Microsoft still has the consumer market by its throat, as OEMs are too afraid to seek out new opportunities, even though they have understood that Windows 8 won’t save them.

  15. kozmcrae says:

    They lost and now they act like they have nothing left to lose. They come here now and lead us on for a short while then self destruct in a stream of vile insults. I think they believe it’s funny. Their sugar daddy is going down in flames. That’s funny?

  16. George Hostler says:

    pogson on Dec 13th, 2012 at 3:04 pm wrote, “That’s not the half of it. These critters frequently change names/IP_addresses just to waste everyone’s time including their own.”

    Robert, it sometimes makes one wonder why these type folks day in and day out must bad mouth software competing with Microsoft OS and applications, and denigrate those who promote other’s software in forums and blogs throughout the Internet.

    I think the various documents made available through the courts of law as Internet downloads have helped expose reasons for such underhanded dealings. For example, the Microsoft Evangelism Document, which states:

    …. Evangelism’s goal is to put the final nail into the competing technology’s coffin, and bury it in the urning depths of the earth. Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors’ technologies, to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over time.


  17. dougman says:

    MK, what ever you do, do NOT get a Windows phone. M$ is so predictable, that they even copied its desktop OS problems and offered them as features for it’s phones.



    Who says M$ doesn’t love it’s users, they even brought over the BSOD as well! http://youtu.be/sQqp9kG80y8

  18. oiaohm says:

    lpbbear Over here walk past the first 3 on the first stand they are the Windows phones. Really should take a photo and send it in for false advertising. 1 huge android logo behind them.

  19. lpbbear says:

    “Can you recommend a, hopefully fully functional, phone or tablet that runs that wonderful OS you keep recommending left and right.”

    Hey genius, since the OS is Linux and Debian is only a flavor of the actual OS there are already plenty of Linux OS based choices for you to use. Don’t waste Pog’s time doing the obvious. Simply drag your sorry butt down to the nearest cell phone store and pick one out. They are easy to find since they pretty much dominate the store shelves. Just ignore those crappy ones with the ridiculous interface in the dark dusty unvisited corner of the store. Those would be Windows based.

  20. MK says:

    Right, Mr. Pogson, do you have a mobile device powered by Debian GNU/Linux? Can you recommend a, hopefully fully functional, phone or tablet that runs that wonderful OS you keep recommending left and right. By the way, how come that pinnacle of creation is not mentioned in the report? What is its market share when compared to the laughable 24% of Windows?

  21. oiaohm says:

    pogson delete my first here comment please. No longer makes sense since spam was deleted.

  22. pogson says:

    I don’t have formal rules but spouting GPL v x in Russian and Japanese at length certainly has no place here. GPL v 2 was a nice concise document until M$ tried to work around it with Novell/SUSE.

    That’s not the half of it. These critters frequently change names/IP_addresses just to waste everyone’s time including their own.

  23. lpbbear says:

    Thank you for removing Lord Idiot Boy’s spam. (and please remove my poorly typed post previous to this)

  24. dougman says:

    Wow, someone’s nerve has been struck! I think Lord Penguin needs more M$ Novocaine.

    It’s ok Lord Penguin, we understand your pain, we really do.

  25. oiaohm says:

    LOL I see getting desperate.

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