Legacy PCs A Niche Market Where GNU/Linux Thrives

2014 was an amazing year in IT, but it was only the beginning.“As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion’s share of the total SCD device market, with the combined desktop and notebook categories accounting for about 52.5% of shipments versus 44.7% for smartphones and 2.8% for tablets. By 2014, smartphones had grown to represent 73.4% of total shipment, while PCs had slipped to 16.8% and tablets had increased to 12.5%. By 2019, IDC expects the distribution to be 77.8% smartphones, 11.6% PCs, and 10.7% tablets.

See As Tablets Slow and PCs Face Ongoing Challenges, Smartphones Grab an Ever-Larger Share of the Smart Connected Device Market Through 2019, According to IDC.”
IDC reports that they expect smartphones to be 78% of shipments of connected devices by 2019. Moore’s Law and */Linux did that. The niche that requires an abundance of local resources above what a network can supply is growing smaller. More folks are doing IT the right way with a gazillion tiny cheap clients using a few powerful servers working hard. That lowers the total cost of IT and allows almost everyone to have all the IT they need. I saw that coming in Canada’s North a decade ago when I introduced GNU/Linux in schools. Folks got far more IT for the money by using many thin clients and a few servers all running GNU/Linux. Now, Android/Linux is the thin client OS du jour but the servers are largely running GNU/Linux and a significant number of legacy PCs are shipping with GNU/Linux. They are trending.

Let’s see who were the high-rollers on Sunday, 15 March and on Wednesday, 18 March:
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9.74
9.36
5.73
5.35
5.2
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4.91
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4.73
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3.87
3.29
3.06
3.06
2.94
2.86
2.86
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2.8
2.79
2.76
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2.72
2.63
2.62
2.6
2.56
2.55
2.53
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2.35
2.35
2.34
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2.29
2.27
2.24
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2.17
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2.03
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Reunion
Uruguay
Venezuela
Haiti
Cape Verde
Tajikistan
Malta
Italy
Czech Republic
Micronesia
Namibia
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Lucia
Burundi
Germany
Vietnam
Zambia
France
Spain
United States of America
Myanmar
Guadeloupe
Greece
Uganda
Finland
Canada
Ukraine
Austria
Madagascar
San Marino
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
Lithuania
Ireland
Norway
Costa Rica
Andorra
Timor-Leste
Latvia
Iceland
Luxembourg
Martinique
Taiwan
Cuba
Gibraltar
Bahrain
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Bulgaria
Honduras
Estonia
Slovenia
Lesotho
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2.08
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1.97
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Reunion
Uruguay
Timor-Leste
Cuba
Eritrea
Gibraltar
Malta
Venezuela
Czech Republic
Cape Verde
Italy
Tajikistan
Haiti
Saint Lucia
Bahrain
Spain
France
Germany
Holy See
Vietnam
Greece
Ukraine
Macedonia
Canada
Finland
United States of America
Ethiopia
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
Austria
Lithuania
Estonia
San Marino
Mayotte
Bulgaria
Slovenia
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Iceland
India
Burundi
Rwanda
Taiwan
Luxembourg
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Uganda
Turks and Caicos Islands
Lebanon
Micronesia
Ireland
Latvia
Norway
Guadeloupe

Cool, eh? Some countries prefer to use GNU/Linux at work, some at play and for some it doesn’t matter. They use it every day in every way.

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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