Look out big bois! The well dressed flightless bird is starting to really fly.

xan_user

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:agree:

Linux's share of netbooks surging, not sagging, says analyst

Nearly one-third of the 35 million netbooks on track to ship this year will come with some variant of the free, open-source operating system, ABI Research said. The exact split is 32% Linux versus 68% Windows, said Jeff Orr, an analyst at ABI, which works out to about 11 million Linux netbooks this year.
Maybe its not the best time to start raising prices for family packs or tightening a corporate brands grip on the hardware restrictions a OS can run on?:whistle:
 

hyson

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I don't get it. Where is the Apple bashing?

:lol:

Why are our OS' like our political parties? Why only 2?
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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I tried my damnedest to get linux installed on a computer back in 2000 or so. Pain in the butt and I've never even considered using it since. Although I'm sure it's a lot better now, I had TONS of driver issues.
 

memebag

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I tried my damnedest to get linux installed on a computer back in 2000 or so. Pain in the butt and I've never even considered using it since. Although I'm sure it's a lot better now, I had TONS of driver issues.

That's very common. I tried an Ubuntu variant earlier this year and while the installation was a lot easier than some I've done in the past, it never worked right. It didn't complain about unrecognized hardware, but would randomly stop using the hardware. There was no simple way to diagnose the problem, and when I asked for help in user forums I ran into a lot of attitude.

I'd still love to use Linux, but there's no practical reason for me to do it.
 

Casual Fan

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You mean 3, right?

Well, "Linux" is really an umbrella term for thousands of variants of OS's that all run the Linux kernel. It's more a coalition of OS's, and to say that "Linux" didn't work for you doesn't mean that Ubuntu will and Red Hat won't.

I should know. I can break any of them in minutes. :p
 

memebag

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Well, "Linux" is really an umbrella term for thousands of variants of OS's that all run the Linux kernel. It's more a coalition of OS's, and to say that "Linux" didn't work for you doesn't mean that Ubuntu will and Red Hat won't.

I should know. I can break any of them in minutes. :p

True, but my point was that we have more real OS choices than political parties. There are dozens or hundreds of political parties, but only two with viable numbers. I see three OSs with viable numbers.
 

xan_user

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Netbooks are the largest growing segment of computer sales.
Linux's share is ~a third of this growing market.
How do the other two respond to this trend?
One is raising prices for families -netbooks are most often a second or third computer in a home. Plus sticking customers with starter and expecting them to fork over more to get a real version of the OS is beyond insulting.)
The other is trying to further lock down their OS so it wont run on netbooks.


-If I was a share holder in Redmond and/or Cupertino, id be a bit pissed at the missed long term market share and continuing customer alienation.
 

xan_user

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But Im a lover, not a fighter.

and besides DABs' my home-boi! Anyone that so vehemently defends a bunch of fruity pot heads that conceived the third best OS in the world, is fine by me. :p