Hackintoshes are making HUGE moves in market share. Much much more than any other OS. It's really just a derivative of unix so people are using work done on linux and hacking it up to work with tons of stuff. Ubuntu 9.04 and if Fedora can do a decent Leonidas will take more and more market share. Windows 7 is all hype and sunshine right now. It'll canabilize XP at maybe higher rates than OSx and linux but it'll still be canabilization. Doubt it can beat the march to OSX though. The recession will make large moves in windows market to free software and the more free software people have under windows the more groundwork is layed for people to jump ship.
Microsoft just does not have the resources to secure an OS. Compare microsfts dozen guys looking at security loopholes to the thousands of eyes and thousands of minds under linux and it becomes clear that security will keep driving more and more people to linux.
Last edited by kraftman; 05-07-2009 at 02:06 PM.
the linux share wont be largely affected. I dont know of many people who have switched to windows or mac because they release a new OS.
have u tried win 7? I lasted 4 days, hardly used it and my sound all messed up. The video drivers are rigged to give crap OGL performance. I get the feeling of a fresh KDE install. Seems they have not only copied mac but they have moved on to copying open source stuff. Examples i cant provide as i used it for 4 days some many moons ago.
Reminds me of what i have heard on the radio this morning. Yesterday "edge" made der intern eat dog food. Today virgin radio was to make der intern do the same thing. Virgin radio copies alot of what the edge does and loses alot of its listener base because of it. It happened with Vista/Mac and i can see it happening here .
Its windows vista with an updated toolbar and very minor cosmetic changes. They have simply made the code for it what it was supposed to be 3 years ago. Mind you i found the toolbar to be very very very buggy. Sound system worked worse then vista.
Microshaft has the world against them right now. They have angry vista customers. A garbage economy and very very bad programmers (notes back to the great winsock leak).
If anything MS will not gain any ground as most MS users will stick with MS. Some may look for alternatives. As far as market share goes however linux will slowly grow as windows users get fed up, same goes for mac. MS will make back what they paid in development costs and little more.
I wish GNU's hurd was further along because it's looking like linux will have to turn more into a microkernel system like OSX while OSX has been evolving into a more complete OS. Me thinks everything will always meet in the middle like that.
Governments always tax too much. Corporations always price too high in any situation. It's the way they fake being caring cooperative and reasonable but remain being facist and hard assed. The amount of cooperation they get in this mode determines how much force be it military or financial or judicial they need to use to control everything.
But the bottom line is it doesn't matter who runs what or why. Oh I know who cares. The people who want to pretend that the world can't live without them and everyone is in fact drinking their coolaide it's just that not everyone is paying the price. blah blah blah.
Linux is small when it's being statistically diminished for marketing reasons. It's huge when it's being competed against. etc etc. Polish the fun house mirrors. Nothing is actual size any more.