“Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.”
OEMs and retailers by now must acknowledge that only an insane person keeps on doing the same old thing and expecting a different outcome. It’s time to do more than question using Wintel as the default for personal computing. Clearly, consumers and businesses no longer buy into that thesis. It’s time to look at GNU/Linux seriously as a lower-cost and higher-performing OS for everyone. ISVs must realize that to be independent of Wintel’s fortune, they must port applications to GNU/Linux on both servers and clients.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for everything you used to do with Wintel. You can run it on ARM, x86/amd64, small, large, cheap and expensive computers. OEMs and retailers should quite “recommending” that other OS to consumers who don’t want it. They are sick of that.
NB MSFT was up 2.26% during trading hours but lost it all on the news and OEMs were down even more.