Popularity (or lack of it) Of That Other OS on Servers

According to Netcraft, it’s been many years since M$’s OS was so unpopular on servers, like early on in the Age of the Web…

You have to wonder how a company with lots of salesmen, lock-in with OEMs, retailers/channels, $billions in off-shore banks and elsewhere, many thousands of programmers and advertising could be so unpopular. Yes, it’s the same company that was once 95% of OEM desktops and was prosecuted for illegal activity all over the globe. All other things being equal (?) the difference is choice. Someone with the technical savvy to put up a website or to run a webserver, has choice, knows he has choice and makes that choice for convenience, efficiency, reliability, performance or whatever. The consumers usually don’t know they have choice and OEMs and retailers are not helping them find that out. But consumers have choice. They can take a bug-ridden OS from M$ and visit Goodbye-microsoft.com or WWW.Debian.org and fix the problem once and for all. Consumers can also buy a PC with GNU/Linux already installed or find a PC with no OS on which they can in stall GNU/Linux. It’s pretty easy and takes just 15 minutes to an hour or so depending on how slow your PC is. If any problem arises, one can find a solution in seconds using Google or visiting the website of the supplier. You can find many different kinds of GNU/Linux at Distrowatch.com where all the features are displayed. You can install GNU/Linux so it’s very similar to how XP used to work. BTW, that Android smartphone you love has Linux there underneath. You know that’s smooth and reliable. So is GNU/Linux on the desktop.

Advantages? Exactly the same as those folks with all the millions of servers running GNU/Linux and Apache web server:

  • lower licensing fees ($0, it doesn’t get any lower…),
  • reliability (less bloat/fluff, more substance),
  • software designed by techies for techies, not salesmen,
  • oh, and one last thing, permission to run any way you like on as many machines as you like, and you can examine, modify and distribute the software (Software Freedom).

Yes, Victoria, you can enjoy all that your PC can be just like the geeks on the web with their powerful servers.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Popularity (or lack of it) Of That Other OS on Servers

  1. ram says:

    Since small servers and server motherboards are about the same price as “desktop PC’s” and “gaming motherboards”, Linux users have been buying server equipment for their workstations — also avoiding the whole UEFI issue. Intel’s sales reflect this – a big uptick in server sales and a collapse of “desktop” parts sales.

  2. oe wrote, “is there any knowledge on the x86 side for notebooks and/or desktops how to avoid the whole UEFI/Secure Boot (e.g. last-ditch lock-in effort) mess?”

    I thought all the x86 PCs were supposed to have a switch in the BIOS (or whatever it’s called these days) to turn that off. As luck would have it, I just read a review of a GNU/Linux notebook purchased on Amazon and Sara reported that it could be turned off.

  3. oe says:

    Good point – at this point when I come up to a hardware refresh (which with Linux is very infrequent so perversely, I have gotten way behind the curve on hardware spec’ing); for laptops a chromebook that can load ARM-based Debian seems a good way to go, but is thereany knowledge on the x86 side for notebooks and/or desktops how to avoid the whole UEFI/Secure Boot (e.g. last-ditch lock-in effort) mess? Is there a good centralized database of FOSS-friendly Mobo’s and peripherals out there….?

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