The past year has had dramatic changes in OS-share.
- “8” was released to no applause
- that other OS lost a lot more share than usual
- GNU/Linux grew like Topsy
Take a look at what happened in the Falkland Islands, a country with a farming/fishing population and few NATed PCs. There are only a few thousand people. M$ lost about 5 percentage-points of share…
It’s interesting that there was a recent influx of PCs with “7” but they were converted to XP and GNU/Linux…
These data suggest that where PCs are not NATed, web stats show a much larger rate of growth of GNU/Linux, ~100% per annum than in more diverse situations with millions of PCs hidden behind firewalls and not being counted. In UK which has lots of big schools, businesses and government offices, growth of GNU/Linux web stats are ~50% per annum. Thus, global web-stats may be in error by huge amounts. The only thing we know for sure from them is that GNU/Linux is growing rapidly and that other OS is stagnant at best. Good.
So, no matter where on Earth you are, you have a choice of OS and many are making choices in their best interest, not M$’s. That’s the right way to treat a monopoly which has abused its power for decades. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux, a set of operating sytstems and applications that will work for you on client or server. It’s Free Software, meaning you can run the code, examine it, modify and distribute it, all things that M$ forbids users except under severe restrictions. Don’t let M$ control your IT. You own it. Run it as you wish.