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IDC: Linux overtakes Mac OS as the No. 2 desktop OS

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2004

Linux overtakes Mac OS

HP began shipping its first notebook computer to come with the Linux operating system preinstalled, saying that "This is the year that Linux overtakes the Mac on the desktop, and maybe my laptop will help accelerate that;" however, Industry research firm IDC says that to become the No. 2 desktop operating system in 2003. "Though Linux has proved popular as a server operating system, it has had less success on the desktop. In late 2000, IBM began offering Linux preinstalled on its A20 and T20 notebooks, but it eventually withdrew the Linux offerings. By 2007, IDC estimates that Linux will have 6% of the desktop market in terms of units, Kusnetzky said."




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  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no links

    Unfortunate that there are no links on MacNN or the article it references to the IDC report and it's methodologies. Yeah, I can research it myself, but I'm not a news organization. I bet the IDC is flawed by not accounting for the old Macs still in use, just like many of the other market-share studies.

  1. datkinso

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How will they count

    all the G5's running Yellow Dog Linux? It is interesting that this story comes out on the same day as IBM's huge description of the upcoming 64 bit Linux and how well it will work using G5 Macs.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's B.S.!

    It's just a hype to get headlines! Don't buy into it for a second unless they have numbers to back it up! The Quote goes:

    "Industry research firm IDC in Framingham, Mass., said it believes that this has already happened. "Linux captured the No. 2 spot as desktop operating system in 2003"

    That's one person saying he "believes". And yet MACNN is quoting it as "Industry research firm IDC says".

  1. Mediaman_12

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Duel Boot?

    You have also got to take in to account that almost all 'desktop' linux installs will probably be also running Windows under a duel boot

  1. rkadowns

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So

    When they get tired of playing around with a kiddie wannabe Unix, they can upgrade to the real deal with the Macintosh.

    I don't doubt what the reports state. If Apple were to release OSX for x86, I doubt Linux would stay at #2 long especially after real applications start appearing for it.

    Funny thing is, I don't really care...

  1. Ruthless

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not according to Google.

    According to the Google Zeitgeist (June 2004), Mac OS was used on 3% of the computers used to access the search engine, while 1% was Linux.

    http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Linux Desktops

    How exactly will Linux capture 6% of the desktop market when there are so many distros? By 2007 we'll have Mac OS X 10.7 and Microsoft will have Longhorn and i seriously doubt there will be a 6% desktop market for Linux.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pure Speculation

    There's a lot happening in the desktop OS's these days. The resent report about Apple being considered for a new computer, #2; due to the iPod? Apple is looking to make inroads into current users of Windows NT 4. Mac OS is continually evolving into a better and better OS, which left Windows behind (in my opinion, of course) a long time ago. Windows is suppose to go to Longhorn, there is no way of know how that will effect it's user base, i.e. since they have to learn a new OS anyways....... I think it's just too close and too volitile to call.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    more proof

    that people don't care about quality or ease of use or any intangible attributes, they want cheap. linux sucks so bad on the desktop.

  1. gunnar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Linux is a desktop mess

    There's less software than for the Mac (including none of the biggies), huge installation and compatibility issues and hardware support is still a nightmare. Until Linux consolidates some distros and actually equals Windows in usability, most of the "6%" number has to be attributed to experimental users, not real everyday users. I mean, how many of us have installed Linux on a desktop to fool around with it and ended up never using it- my guess is a huge percentage of the 6%.

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