Brian Proffitt: “by any reasonable measure, Linux on the desktop has yet to capture a significant market share of the desktop and portable PC platform.”
see Reality Check: Defining The True Success of Linux.
That’s nonsense. This is my comment to TFA:
This assumption, “by any reasonable measure, Linux on the desktop has yet to capture a significant market share of the desktop and portable PC platform.” is just wrong. Walmart.com.br sells more GNU/Linux desktops than that other OS. The web stats which mostly reflect consumer usage because of corporate firewalls/security are biased against GNU/Linux which is still not on retail shelves in some places. That has changed though. India, China and now the world have GNU/Linux on retail shelves with Canonical’s efforts and Google’s Chromebooks. So, the premise of the article is wrong. GNU/Linux is at least as relevant globally as MacOS and primed to expand much farther and faster. Even the web stats show GNU/Linux in USA at 2.56% on Statcounter: http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-US-daily-20130401-20130617 , with huge increases in the last two months. How is that not significant? Meanwhile, M$’s share has dropped to around 75% by the same counter. Remember, M$ used to be 95%+. So, the OS wars are not over and GNU/Linux is doing quite well. We now have OEMs, retailers and consumers finding GNU/Linux works for them and it costs less and comes on a wider variety of hardware. Where is the downside? Legacy apps? Very few are using them these days except in business and they are switching to web applications.