Christine Hall has an interesting article about the plethora of operating systems ordinary folk have at hand. There wasComment: “less than two years ago: We all ran Windows 7, except my servers which ran Server 2008 R2. I upgraded the entire family to Windows 8 early (Iâ€™ve always been an early adopter) through a MSDN subscription. It lasted a few weeks, perhaps a month or so before the revolt began. Everyone hated it, and it had real problems beyond the general distaste everyone had for the UI. I faced a dilemma as Iâ€™d built a long successful career (since DOS 3) on Microsoft technologies, but wanted no part of this new direction (which is as bad as Appleâ€™s).” a time when M$ had almost completed its monopoly but the lid is off the kettle now and its boiling well.
The techies among us have always had some choice. Now everyone has a choice. They can choose from 3 or 4 operating systems on retail shelves. I still don’t see GNU/Linux on my local retail shelves, at least in the big box, Walmart, but it will happen. You can’t beat FLOSS for price/performance. That other OS can’t compete on price until they pay users to use it, and that won’t happen as long as M$ is run by greed.
In my home, GNU/Linux is king of stationary computers and Android/Linux is in a fight with BlackBerry in the mobile space. My Android/Linux phone is mostly “off” but the little woman keeps her BB warm. I love it when the kids come to visit.