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Old 05-07-2020, 08:06 AM   #1
Steve R.
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Linux Gaining over Windows?

Windows 10 bleeds users as Ubuntu Linux experiences astonishing increase – Forbes

"Between March and April 2020, Windows 7 saw its user market share drop from 26.23% to 25.59%. It’s hardly surprising for an unsupported 10-year operating system when people finally switch to Windows 10. Isn’t it? Despite this conventional thinking, Microsoft’s Windows 10 has actually experienced a rare drop market share (at 56.08% in April, compared to 57.34% in March 2020). Meanwhile, the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu has exploded increase.

in market share, while Windows 10 dropped"
One can only hope that this is a real trend and not simply a statistical fluke.
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So why is Microsoft losing global market share when Ubuntu is gaining so quickly? One reason, as WindowsLatest points out, could be the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant decrease in corporate PCs used in the office.
This is the most likely cause. As much as I'd like to see more Linux acceptance and usage in the desktop world they have a long long way to go if ever getting there. 599% growth in a short time span sounds good but when it factors around 1% of actual across the spectrum it is nearly insignificant.

To be fair though, it could likely continue. People around the world are so ready to "get back to normal". I may be an extreme pessimist but this is the new normal. Old ways are gone for good in my mind. That will be proved in about a month or so when it blows up because they removed their stay at home stuff. At least in the US anyway. I may need a dose of optimism, but I don't see it coming soon.


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