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Linux for the rest of the world; Windows/Apple for the US?

Poll Results: Will Linux beat MS/Apple for the rest of the world's general users?

 
  • 38% (40)
    Yes
  • 52% (55)
    No
  • 1% (2)
    What's Linux?
  • 6% (7)
    There's other countries?!
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post #1 of 86
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Just a curiosity of mine. In the Linux blogs/news sites I visit there's a lot of talk about Linux and it's use in what seems to be every other country besides the US. Ultimately, with China, India, and Brazil rising (slowly) I was wondering if anyone else felt that Linux might trump OSX/Windows outside of the US for general consumers?
     
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I mean, of course...
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Considering the general wealth in the developing world is much lower than in the US, and the price tag of Linux, this seems like a no-brainer.

Throw in Europe's general hostility to Microsoft for good measure.
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No, I don't believe it will trump Windows in third world developing countries. A place where most are uneducated and know nothing about computers Linux is a hard sell to consumers. And when these people in developing countries can buy illegitimate copies of Windows 7 for about $2 USD from pirate shop keepers they're not going to be using Linux. As great as Linux is not being resource hungry and running servers it still remains used by those who are tech savvy.

Windows still has about 89% of the market share of operating systems. In a world where you need:

1. Hardware Support
2. Software Support
3. Tech Support
4. Gaming Support

Linux loses big time. But in a business aspect and purely for work Linux is a winner. It can do pretty much everything you need for your general business use but if you want hardware support, tech support, software support, and gaming support it's not going to happen.

I'm sure big name companies in developing countries will be using a legitimate version of Windows even if it's XP. But for less tech savvy consumers for the price of $2 USD they will save their self the headache of trying to get Linux to run properly with their hardware.
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I'm sure big name companies in developing countries will be using a legitimate version of Windows even if it's XP. But for less tech savvy consumers for the price of $2 USD they will save their self the headache of trying to get Linux to run properly with their hardware.
Actually, I remember reading not that long ago, something about forcing business partners to show their licensing info regarding windows because a lot of the chinese companies were using pirated copies.

Found a article on it via google-fu but not the one I read exactly. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Chi...ows,11439.html


Edit: I think the article was about microsoft trying to force ALL chinese companies to prove their licenses to do business in the USA
Edited by Nugu - 5/10/11 at 3:57pm
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anoob makes a good point about 3rd world countries.

I do believe established countries like Russia, China will go linux. Especially when you consider the economy. Windows is so cantswearhereing expensive AND you have to pay for support when it breaks. Linux is FREE and you just have to pay for support.
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Considering how simple it is too use I don't see why not,It's not too difficult to click on an icon too surf the net.Some of the thousands of free games are pretty damn fun too.
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Originally Posted by anoob View Post
No, I don't believe it will trump Windows in third world developing countries. A place where most are uneducated and know nothing about computers Linux is a hard sell to consumers. And when these people in developing countries can buy illegitimate copies of Windows 7 for about $2 USD from pirate shop keepers they're not going to be using Linux. As great as Linux is not being resource hungry and running servers it still remains used by those who are tech savvy.

Windows still has about 89% of the market share of operating systems. In a world where you need:

1. Hardware Support
2. Software Support
3. Tech Support
4. Gaming Support

Linux loses big time. But in a business aspect and purely for work Linux is a winner. It can do pretty much everything you need for your general business use but if you want hardware support, tech support, software support, and gaming support it's not going to happen.

I'm sure big name companies in developing countries will be using a legitimate version of Windows even if it's XP. But for less tech savvy consumers for the price of $2 USD they will save their self the headache of trying to get Linux to run properly with their hardware.
The problem with this is assuming they have the money and hardware to even play modern games. When a lot of 3rd world countries can't even browse the net why would they care to learn Ubuntu vs Windows? Both have a rather simple learning curve, which is right about the same as OSX. Ubuntu, at least the "stable" branches, is fairly bug free. Even some of the more mainstream distro's are basically bug free with the same functionality that Windows has minus specific proprietary software, which you generally have to PAY for.
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Where to start?

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Originally Posted by anoob View Post
No, I don't believe it will trump Windows in third world developing countries. A place where most are uneducated and know nothing about computers Linux is a hard sell to consumers. And when these people in developing countries can buy illegitimate copies of Windows 7 for about $2 USD from pirate shop keepers they're not going to be using Linux. As great as Linux is not being resource hungry and running servers it still remains used by those who are tech savvy.
Have you ever wondered why that is?

There are linux distros out there that are as easy to adapt to as windows [though thats not saying much].

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Originally Posted by anoob View Post
Windows still has about 89% of the market share of operating systems. In a world where you need:

1. Hardware Support
2. Software Support
3. Tech Support
4. Gaming Support

Linux loses big time.
First off, all of the points on your list can be summed up as 'Tech Support', and there are enterprise level distros that offer support like MS does for windows [IE Redhat]. Plus, the community is awesome at helping resolve common issues.

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Originally Posted by anoob View Post
But in a business aspect and purely for work Linux is a winner. It can do pretty much everything you need for your general business use but if you want hardware support, tech support, software support, and gaming support it's not going to happen.
May I ask where you getting this [mis]information?

Quote:
Originally Posted by anoob View Post
I'm sure big name companies in developing countries will be using a legitimate version of Windows even if it's XP. But for less tech savvy consumers for the price of $2 USD they will save their self the headache of trying to get Linux to run properly with their hardware.
Getting linux to run on your hardware is as easy as installing it. Some obscure hardware can be iffy, but thats only because FOSS tends to support more common hardware first, then the less popular / fringe hardware later. You have to remember, for the most part, the people who work on alot of FOSS stuff do so in their spare time.
post #10 of 86
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Interesting results. I'm wondering though what it would mean for the US if the rest of the world became Linux based. Also, I wondering just what kind of Linux would take over. Would there be the possibility of an Apple from BSD/Unix proprietary giant that rises or would freedom reign?
     
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