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[News] Linux is Growing, But There is No "Year of Linux"

  • Subject: [News] Linux is Growing, But There is No "Year of Linux"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 01:21:00 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Inertia the obstacle to Linux on the desktop

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| The Year of the Linux desktop may never come. Instead, there will continue to 
| be significant encroachment into the territory that Microsoft believes to be 
| its own.  


Gearlog Radio: Dumping Vista for Linux

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| Golly jee, do we have a full-packed show for our Gearlog Radio listeners! We 
| being the show with the Weird Hunter's switch from Windows to the open-source 
| Ubuntu OS: what she likes about it and why some aspects of it are more 
| unstable than Windows is.    



Linux gains despite and because of Microsoft

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| Despite the heightened competition over the last two quarters from 
| Microsoft-Novell and a move by Oracle to undercut Red Hat on the cost of Red 
| Hat Linux support service, Red Hat has reported double-digit growth in 
| revenue and an increase in profit.   
| “The success of Red Hat has been able to validate the future potential for 
| open source software,” Szulik says. 
| Emerging countries are also lucrative markets for Linux, says IDC’s Gillen, 
| because there isn’t as much of the legacy Windows technology to have to 
| displace.   


Playing the numbers game: how many Linux installations and users are out there?

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| But smolt is only an opt-in tool and is not offered during text installations 
| (Servers, etc.) at all. According to Fedora’s statistics page the estimated 
| ratio between smolt data and reality is 1 to 10. This would result in 1.25 
| million Fedora users - and therefore in 25 million Linux users.   
| [...]
| There is another possible approach to these numbers: Ubuntu’s Mark 
| Shuttleworth estimated 8 million Ubuntu users in an interview in late 
| December 2006. And both the Linux Desktop Survey and the web server logs from 
| Distro Watch gave Ubuntu roughly 30 % of the cake. This makes more than 26.6 
| million Linux users 8 month ago.    


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