M$ liked to brag that after the long march bringing forth a new release, mopping up was the most fun.“Chromebook shipments to U.S. schools leapfrogged iPad shipments in the third quarter and are nearing 50 percent of the educational market.” We’re there now, in the mopping up phase.
Chromebooks are killing iPads and Wintel PCs in USAian education. Even PhotoShop ships for them. Every major OEM of PCs is shipping ChromeOS which is Chrome browser embedded on GNU/Linux. There are moves to integrate the rampant Android/Linux, too, with ChromeOS. We’ve won, beyond our wildest dreams and rather quickly too. It was only 7 years ago that Android was a gleam in Google’s eyes but they sold a billion copies last year.
Meanwhile straight GNU/Linux, what I use on my legacy Beast, is being adopted by governments in China, India, Russia, much of Europe, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Reunion, … and that includes schools too. I expect the ChromeBooks will soak up some of that desktop action once Google starts selling elsewhere. USA is just the trade-show campaign. The world notices what USA is doing in IT.
Oh, M$ still sells licences, perhaps 250million per annum but that’s becoming a niche for business. The rest of us don’t need the malware and re-re-reboots and high prices and slowing down. We just want to do IT rather than being slaves of M$.
Data from StatCounter. Thanks.