Linux vs. Windows Internet Battle No Longer Exists Because Linux Is Winning
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Windows and Linux communities used to virtually battle each other regarding the superiority of one platform or the other, but that is no longer happening, at least not at the same scale. One of the reasons for that might be that Linux is actually gaining ground.
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Like the article says, Linux only has a 2% share in the desktop market. If you want to include tablets, Chromebooks, or similar devices, which is estimated to be about 50% of "PC" sales for 2014, the I guess you could say the share that Linux has is actually much higher.
The heart of Android is Linux, which has more than 75% of the mobile/tablet market vs iOS. Windows isn't even making a dent in that market.
Well, I clicked the softpedia link out of boredom. Cuz the wife is watching her murder mysteries.
Same here. Must be one of those days...
This article, if we can use that word, proceeds from a fundamentally wrong premise: That the "battle" between FREE(dom) software and life on the plantation was always just about competition between different products based on their respective features and quality.
But the "battle" was only ever about FREEDOM vs Slavery for the humans who use the software, and it still is!
It happens that most FREE software is also technically superior to its non-free counterpart, and that superiority draws users who have no awareness nor cares about the more important principles of FREE(dom) involved. But that is all a byproduct of battle, not the cause.
The clash between FREE software and M$ is a fundamentally different thing than the market competition between say, Apple and M$. The former is an impassioned conflict rooted in the human condition, the latter is just marketing.
The battle is never ending, but I fear the actual cause is quickly being lost in the fog of the overall war, of which this article is just more smoke...
Let's give thanks to Microsoft for releasing windows 8.x and windows phones which deter people to use linux desktops, servers, phones and tablets
Before I got my Win8 laptop, I had a Ubuntu server, and that was it. Since last Christmas (when I got the new laptop), I have now installed Arch on both the new laptop and my older laptop, and my server now runs Debian. And sooner or later the family XP desktop will need to get an upgrade, and I'm hoping that I can persuade my parents to make it a OS upgrade, not a hardware upgrade. (Though a bit more RAM couldn't hurt it...)
Linux, or Unix, is in just about everybody's pocket these days. But ... they don't know it, and they don't care, and they don't have to.
But, really, there is no "battle" going on here. Microsoft makes excellent software and an operating system to run it on. They're a vertically-integrated vendor, and their platform is closed-source. It's a viable strategy and they've made a ton of money doing it.
What they can't do, however, is to take that platform anywhere else. They've got several products which they call "Windows" which ... aren't. They really bear no resemblance to one another. It's completely tied to a single hardware platform and, more or less, a single type of computer. Whereas Linux, which truly is "the same system everywhere," runs on more than 20 different types of hardware ... from IBM mainframes to microwave ovens to a phone that fits in your pocket. Microsoft Windows will never be able to do that, and, because of this, it will never play in the arenas where Linux does.
Even though they once convinced a Federal judge to declare them a "monopoly" and to order them to be "broken up," the fact is that they never were ... and, never will be.
Now, all that being said, I would not "diss" Microsoft Corporation. If they choose to, they already possess cross-platform compilers for their product line. Microsoft Word for Mac and Microsoft Word for Windows are compiled from the same source-code base. There's nothing stopping them from compiling it for Linux. If they ever chose to compete in the Linux software world, they would be a formidable opponent.
Last edited by sundialsvcs; 08-18-2014 at 05:25 PM.