Confirming what we already knew, “Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of shipment decline.”
It’s about time that retailers realized that consumers want small cheap computers. They love Android/Linux on mobile PCs of all kinds. They would love GNU/Linux too if offered a choice, even on legacy PCs. If OEMs and retailers want to beef up their numbers, they should start shipping more GNU/Linux systems in 2014. 7 consecutive quarters of decline in Wintel PCs should be sufficient evidence even for the most stubborn fans of Wintel. The problem is not with the kind of Wintel systems retailers are offering. The problem is that they bear the burden of Wintel. If retailers can make a little money selling Wintel PCs at ~$300 per box, they could make a lot more money selling GNU/Linux boxes for half that. The boxes don’t need to be so large. The PSUs don’t need to be so large. The CPUs don’t need to be so powerful. Get on with the business you’re in, selling IT, not selling M$’s crap.