Despite nearly 20 years of enduring FUD and mud-slinging and astroturfing, GNU/Linux is finally taking off on the desktop.“Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop. The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers.” What M$ feared ~1997 has come true, the world is finally seeing the price of Wintel. Bill Gates’ vision was to hide the price with the OEM so the consumer would not be able to comparison-shop and would not know the true cost. That was then. Now, low-end PCs are ~$100 with no room left for a hair-drying CPU from Intel and a licence from M$.
While the shares of page-views due to ChromeOS recorded by StatCounter are still small, Chromebooks are still not sold everywhere and the installed base of legacy PCs is ~1500 million units. While the base is modest for Chromebooks, at ~100% growth of shipments per annum, it won’t take long to make a big dent.
If we thought your Dad’s GNU/Linux desktop was a threat to Wintel, ChromeOS is Armageddon. It took a decade for Wintel to ship as many PCs as ChromeOS is shipping in one year and it’s still just starting out. Wintel’s huge installed base is only 6-8 years’ production… Further, it’s not just about price. Consumers and businesses don’t want to be IT people. M$ forced that on them. With ChromeOS, folks will have the freedom they’ve been enjoying on their smartphones on their desktops.