I laugh when trolls who come here seriously claim, “You get what you pay for”, implying that FLOSS is a broken model and that PCs running FLOSS are somehow second rate.“Android will undoubtedly remain the clear market leader among smartphone operating systems with share expected to hit 80.2% in 2014. Looking forward, IDC expects Android to lose a minimal amount of share over the forecast period, mainly as a result of Windows Phone growth. Android has been, and will continue to be, the platform driving low-cost devices. ASPs of Android smartphones were well below market average in the first quarter of 2014 and are expected to be $254 for full year 2014, dropping to $215 in 2018. Growth of Android phones is expected to outpace the market in 2014, rising 25.6% with volume just shy of 1 billion units.” According to what IDC finds, Android/Linux smartphones are taking 80% of the market shipments while having an average selling price ~$70 less than those other operating systems, you know, on Blackberries and iPhones.
The obvious advantage of FLOSS is that it is a cooperative product of the world and no organization has to pay the full shot. Further, there is no per-copy charge. So, OEMs can charge much less and make a sale and make a profit. Obviously, consumers love it. FLOSS works. It’s the right way to do IT. It will be the way software is prepared on nearly a billion smartphones this year, according to IDC. FLOSS smartphones are cranking out almost as many units per annum as M$’s total installed base and 4 years of production of those other operating systems.