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Author Topic: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%  (Read 4187 times)

urlwolf

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GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« on: August 12, 2008, 11:14:44 AM »
GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4% -- Gartner. This explains why we had a surge of linux posts here in DC :)

Good news even if you don't use linux. A varied ecosystem is a healthy one.

Edvard

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008, 02:30:51 PM »
Ahh yessss...

All is going according to the plan.
Excellent!
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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 04:35:32 PM »
I think part of that 4% can be attributed to cost. As energy costs squeeze consumers from every angle, people are looking for more bang for their Euro/dollar. It helps that Dell and Intel are tailoring hardware and drivers for Linux.

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008, 05:25:03 PM »
And I now leave people with this url: http://www.allowe.co...umor/SwitchLinux.htm

I believe this to be zaine, in carnate

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2008, 05:32:32 PM »
I'm curious as to whether that 4% also takes into account multiple users accessing a single machine via a thin client solution.

Check out this article:

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Digital Journal -- Canadian company Userful is now giving away its Desktop Multiplier software to anyone who wants an extra PC free.

The software turns one computer into many, allowing a single computer box to support multiple users at the same time. All you need to do is connect an extra monitor, USB keyboard and mouse to your run-of-the-mill computer box, and the Desktop Multiplier software will make it possible for two people to work on the same PC at the same time.

The reason Userful is giving away its software is to prove an environmental point and show just how much "un-tapped value lies hidden in today's desktop PCs," as their company press release reads.

In an email interview with DigitalJournal.com, Userful's marketing and PR manager, Sean Rousseau, said, "Desktop multiplier works so efficiently because it only copies the necessary portions of the operating system while sharing the rest between each user. However from a user's perspective it appears that both have their own independent PC since their actions and files are completely private and separate from each other."

As for the legality of splitting the operating system to work with multiple users, Rousseau also noted Userful's Desktop Multiplier runs on the open source Linux operating system, so turning one computer into two is perfectly legal.

http://www.digitaljo..._Two_Completely_Free


I've got this running at my house. I put a small, low power/low noise Tux box in my study, Now I can do research, browse the web. and get some writing done without distractions. The lower heat emission is great considering it's "air conditioning season" where I live. The compressor is actually cycling on and off now instead of running constantly since my god-box has been relocated. And the lower noise level is nice too!

Here's case study of doing it via a Novell turnkey approach

http://www.novell.co...s/feature/18720.html

Cost effective - and green! Gotta love that. 8)
« Last Edit: August 13, 2008, 05:40:42 PM by 40hz »

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2008, 05:59:50 PM »
And I now leave people with this url: http://www.allowe.co...umor/SwitchLinux.htm

I believe this to be zaine, in carnate

I especially liked the goats and evil Fembots.


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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2008, 06:21:03 PM »
Ahh yessss...

Eeeeeexcellent...... ;D

Good article- it appears Windows/Microsoft may have some competition creeping up on it shortly.

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And I now leave people with this url: http://www.allowe.co...umor/SwitchLinux.htm

I believe this to be zaine, in carnate
rofl! :lol:
« Last Edit: August 13, 2008, 06:23:01 PM by wreckedcarzz »

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2008, 09:03:17 AM »
And I now leave people with this url: http://www.allowe.co...umor/SwitchLinux.htm

I believe this to be zaine, in carnate

Hahahaha, wow, it's Al Lowe!

urlwolf

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2008, 09:32:38 AM »
Ok, some more info:
http://www.linuxloop...ere-any-way-to-know/

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The fundamental problem is that it is really, really hard to know how what the marketshare of Linux, or any open-source software, is. After all, one download might never be used, or only be used for a short time, and another might be used to install Linux onto 100 computers.

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Re: GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share is 4%
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2008, 04:56:49 PM »
Wow, the Al Lowe toon is GREAT. Bring on the fembot babes! Thanks for the link, urlwolf; I registered. Btw, I hear OS X is almost hitting 8% now.