The “Perfect Storm” I predicted 7 years ago was just a gentle breeze compared to the current rate of change of IT in the world.
- “Chen is also optimistic about the Chromebook business as the device’s share in overall notebook shipments already rose from around 10% in 2013 to over 30% currently and will continue to grow in the future.” 30% of notebooks are shipping with GNU/Linux. 30%! That’s not a typo! That’s the new reality. Thin clients and GNU/Linux have arrived. This is GNU/Linux on many millions of desktop devices cranked out by OEMs and sold by retailers all over the world in bulk, not some dipping of toes in the water. That other OS need not apply…
See Acer looks to stable smartphone business, says CEO.
- “In the third quarter of 2014, smartphones accounted for 66 percent of the total mobile phone market, and Gartner estimates that by 2018, nine out of 10 phones will be smartphones.” Yes! Android/Linux is shipping on almost 4 times as many personal computers as legacy PCs burdened with that other OS.
- “China-based Huawei targets to ramp up its smartphone shipments to over 100 million units in 2015, increasing 33.3% from 75 million units shipped a year earlier, according to the company.”
What can you say? In a few short years, that other OS has gone from mainstream to niche and Android/Linux and GNU/Linux are stepping up to displace it as the goto OS of the world. It’s all good. This is the right way to do IT with the world making its own software throughout the whole stack: OS on client and server and a ton of applications too. There is no need for a monopoly in IT. The world wants a revolution not lock-in.