The fastest growing OS

Microsoft has indeed done a fantastic job throughout on Windows and demand for Microsoft products was sky rocketing. And I accept that Windows does have a better GUI (Graphical User Interface) which makes it popular than Linux.
However Linux is now over taking windows. A simple example: The sales for Android phones are booming right now in many countries. Android is based on a Linux platform.

According to statistics obtained from http://blogs.computerworld.com/16501/Linux , Microsoft’s share fell from 15.1% to 13.2% in 2010. The reason for this is demand for smart phones increased. However Android is still behind RIM and Apple given the continued growth or demand for smart phones stay’s the same then I expect Android to become the dominant smart phone OS.

In my opinion, the new devices currently being developed will run on Android which is Linux. Therefore Windows will just remain nothing more than a simple OS. Show me a phone which runs on a Windows platform today?

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7 Responses to The fastest growing OS

  1. Tony says:

    Hi Vicky

    Good post. Perhaps consider broadening your research base.

    You will come to some startling conclusions. For example, you will find that Android may not be behind Apple in market share as opposed to your conclusion. Contrary to your statement, there ARE phones that run on a Windows platform but as an OS for phones it is insignificant in market share terms.

    On what basis do you declare that Windows will remain nothing more than a simple OS? Are you comparing Apples™ with oranges? :). On what basis do you content that it is a simple OS at present?

    I do not disagree with your conclusions, I have duel boot (pun intended 🙂 ), but question your research.

    Look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems as a starting point.

    ALL sources quoted here, and there are a few, show Android/Linux is a significant leader in the mobile OS field. Unix/Linux dominate the supercomputers arena.

    Good researching skills are paramount in supporting the conclusions that you draw. Consider the arguments put forward regarding the reliability of the article itself, and its comments on its own research on Wikipedia above. For any given source consider the sample base and the margin of error. Is this significant enough to warrant a reanalysis of the conclusions drawn?

    As you have been told, you must push…push…push until there is nowhere left to push. Then you will be in the realm of true blue skies research (in any field or endeavour!). You could go on to read the sources quoted on Wikipedia. Most are linked. Do you agree with the statements? On what basis do you disagree? Is your argument based on sound research? Is there another angle? Is there a box that one can think outside of? etc etc.

    A lecturer once told me, “True learning starts when you think you are done”.

    It has been much maligned by researchers and users but Wikipedia is, and remains, one of my favourite sources as a starting point. To all its critics who point out it is error prone, I say – you are the problem! You spotted errors and chose not to submit corrections! Wikipedia is meant to be a collaborative effort and openly admits to this. I thought I would vent a little, but perhaps this for another post…

  2. Lots of good points especially the ones on doing good research to reach a truly valid conclusion.

    I have watched Windows getting left behind for a while now (that’s why I jumped ship in 2001 and got my linux certifications even though I’ve been a kernel developer and one of those that brought you Ubuntu) and it’s just not designed to run on the current breed of machines that are coming out by the dozen every day. Windows runs on desktops and [some] servers and is destined to stay there. What will run our motor vehicle ECUs (Electronic Control Units), our aircraft EFISs (Electronic Flight Control Systems), Our DaVinci Robots (that we now have at the Aga Khan and Karen Hospitals, our MRI units, all manner of embedded systems (I have 11 in my offices powering lights, wind turbines and Xantrex Inverters. I have a home built CCTV system built on Arduino boards and am migrating them to a Raspberry Pi setup. An important part of my work involves the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) of which I have 4 used mainly to patrol national parks, do animal and plant censuses, monitor poaching activities and capture aerial video.

    On the Raspberry Pi – that device looks like it will take the world by storm. The Brits have done it again – innovating like few others (I remember my series of Sinclair systems with great fondness). The Pi at $25 a pop will invade Africa like no mobile phone has ever done. And today the user is much more discerning than ever before. Windows came about at a time when there was little else to compete with it. That is no longer the case. Now everyone is into computers in one way or another be it their mobile phone, or desktops at school or cybercafes. And they’re waking up to:

    What different desktops are from Gnome to KDE, to LXDE, IceWM. They now know they don’t have to be locked into the one and only experience that Windows provides.

    They also know that they can get their really old hardware up and running at an acceptable speed using a lightweight OS which Windows certainly is not and MSs attempt at the spectacularly failed CE showed that no amount of shoving is going stuff their spaghetti code base into a 256 Mb RAM, 20Gb HDD, x86 single core system. I am making a decent earning out of finding old, really old, machines that could not run any of the new windows offerings and loading them up with xubuntu or Mint LXDE or Puppy and reselling them to rural schools here.

    They know they can’t find a low maintenance terminal server system that is free, does not go down ever and pushes updates to clients without having to upgrade each client machine separately ( we look after 14 schools that use LTSP).

    And developers are having a field day with free and open source software. FOSS has brought into the fold millions, literally millions of software developers that otherwise would never have emerged had it not been for FOSS. From Angry Birds to MotionX (ex-Kenyan) to MPesa, Ushahidi.com (both very much still Kenyan) to LibreOffice and across the board to so many other products. Granting many are very rough around the edges and some are plain rotten but now there are thousands of these where before there were none.

    Many are like me and have had enough of the stranglehold that Microsoft exerted on us and like a dinosaur unaware of the approaching extinction event continues to think it can exert. The people at Redmond sem to think that linux and iOS are going to just go away. They’re not and neither will Windows – there are far too many users that don’t know any better – but if you’re a young person today investing in Windows and related technologies that could turn out to be the biggest and costliest career mistake you make. Perhaps it would become the very last mistake you make as you get out of ICT uttering words of disgust. To me that would be a great shame – to give up just at the moment when we stand on the cusp of the greatest strides man is about to make as he evolves into his next level – a full melding with the machine he made in his image.

  3. Viken says:

    To add on to that, we have been leaving in a world where windows is being forced to everyone when they buy a PC and that is the main reason why hardware manufactures are forced to support windows first than any other thing. But not to forget that this support has increased tremendously over the last couple of years. The Linux community has made in particularly Ubuntu more user friendly. Next time think twice before buying a windows PC.

  4. Viken says:

    Could blackberry be on its last stages after suffering a loss of $78million? For those who use RIM too bad for them now.

    • Dipesh says:

      A $78m loss will be subsumed. Look at in the context of the size of BB.

      They have already announced a shift in their marketing and overall strategy back to their core strength – business users. They will pull out of the general consumer market which has had cut throat competition in the last couple of years. Nokia were the rulers of the roost a couple of years ago but even they have fallen to the wayside.

      I would not write BB off yet. They are a HUGE conglomerate. Though I have never owned any of their products.

      They are extremely popular in the US and Canada.

    • Rather than that do what I do which is to study the books of companies like RIMM and look for shenanigans and when you find them short the hell out of the company and make a pretty packet as the stock tanks. There have been many good opportunities that have allowed me to take part in the massive wealth transfer that is currently on-going. RIMM is just the latest one but Royal Bank of Scotland was another memorable short. Microsoft has been an OK short but we’re holding a permanent short position in it (by way of LEAP Puts) under our firm belief that this short will soon pay out very well.

  5. Viken says:

    Hi all. I would like you to have a look at this: http://allanjsmithie.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/running-windows-8-consumer-preview-myths-and-misconceptions/
    Why would I bother trying out Windows 8?

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