FSF v Lose 8

The FSF is smelling blood in the water. Lose 8 has not the mind-share, shelf-space and installed-base of previous releases of malware from M$ and GNU/Linux and other Free Software may well have an opportunity to make a move now that XP is on its last legs.

It seems to me this is a realistic goal considering that other OS is slumping below linear growth while */Linux is growing exponentially. See you next year…

Help the FSF bury Windows 8 — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software.

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10 Responses to FSF v Lose 8

  1. oiaohm says:

    wolfgang scary point is there are a few new 64 bit cpu systems with 32 bit UEFI that can only run 32 bit Windows 8 or 8.1 So not all the 32 bit is upgrades.

  2. wolfgang says:

    32 bit 8.* is updates to old computers. 64 bit 8 is new computer sold. anyone happy with XT computer hardware is likely to be happy with XT, too.

  3. Deadlock wrote, “A bare-faced lie.”

    Nope. Just missed the 64bit entries. They are so much higher in the list… Strangely “7”, which is so old is far above that. If 8 is greater than 7 why is that? Don’t these gamers rush out and buy the latest gear from Wintel? Don’t they want the greatest “experience”? Why is XP 32bit ahead of 8 32bit?
    8.1 64-bit:10.79%
    8 64-bit:10.38%

    I blame it on the late hours and confusing naming system. I was thinking 8 + 8.1 was the relevant number. Logically, at that hour, it was…

  4. oiaohm says:

    Deadlock Interesting enough new steam OS images have no requirement for UEFI. They support bios, coreboot and EFI. Note Coreboot as in the direct linux kernel loading version.

    Deadlock really are you willing to defend the statscounter method???

    So far there is no method that you can be very sure of.

  5. Deadlock says:


    Will you change your tune about UEFI when a UEFI-based Steam Machine is released?

  6. Deadlock says:

    That Other OS 8.* barely tops 1%”

    A bare-faced lie.

    Windows 8/8.1 is at 22% according to the Steam Hardware Survey. Link in this very thread, courtesy of Ivan. Linux at <1%

    Statcounter shows Windows 8/8.1 as 11% of desktops and 8% of *all* systems (desktop/tablet/mobile/console) and Windows 8.1 rising every month. Those same Statcounter results show Linux as 1.13% and falling from 1.15% in November.

    Google "Windows 8 Market Share" and the top results are all news stories about Window 8 breaking 10%

  7. ram says:

    “Ivan February 1st, 2014: Actual usage stats Linux barely tops 1%”

    That is with Steam whose user base is historically on (legacy) Microsoft platforms. Valve (the owners of Steam) know when they release their Linux boxen the percentage of (their) Linux users will rise dramatically.

    I think their Linux boxen will sell well: first to their core of Steam gamers, second to existing Linux users (perhaps not all that interested in games) as media creation workstations.

  8. Ivan wrote, “Linux barely tops 1%”.

    That Other OS 8.* barely tops 1% and it’s been out for a while with a monopoly on retail shelves…. So, if GNU/Linux does as well with few if any salesmen, M$ sure looks silly.

  9. Ivan says:

    Actual usage stats Linux barely tops 1%

  10. ram says:

    They should slam the UEFI spyware firmware while they are at it.

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