Friday, June 19, 2009

90% of computers controlled by one company?

Majority of us reading this article live in a democratic society. Even if you do not, for sure you can realize that monopolies are not a healthy thing for society. A monopoly has a lot of power in business and can stifle its competitors very easily. This is bad for competition and for consumers who find themselves with little choice. Usually, when a monopoly is present, the government tries to step in and open up the market to others.

Microsoft controls 90% of desktop computers around the world. This figure is astonishing and should alarm everyone. How can one company be so dominant? If you look at computers you can see that almost everyone is running Windows. It comes pre-installed on desktops, laptops, netbooks and gadgets. A monopoly destroys competition and stifles innovation. This results in poor products for consumers and higher prices. Bill Gates is one of the richest man in the world and it is amazing to see that his company is able to charge such ridiculous amount of money for his software. The problem is that majority of people are not aware that there are alternatives available. Mac OS and Linux are alternatives to Microsoft Windows.

Mac OS has been gaining market share. It has around 9% of the computer market. It is nice to see that someone else other than Microsoft is becoming wide spread. However, Mac is even a bigger monopoly than Windows. The reasoning behind this is that Mac not only creates its own operating system and software but also the hardware, whereas Windows runs on PCs but the hardware is from various different manufacturers. The rise of Mac computers is nice but also a little alarming. Mac computers are very expensive and the company owns the hardware and the software.

Linux is another great alternative to Windows and Mac OS. A lot of people have not heard about Linux. This is because Linux does not have a lot of money to advertise. Gnu/Linux is a free and amazing operating system. There isn't one specific company or individual who is in control of the whole project. It is developed by individuals, groups and companies. When you explain the concept of Gnu/Linux and that it is completely free, people usually do not believe it. They wonder if this is true or they are looking for some kind of catch. Gnu/Linux comes in variety of flavors. You can choose a free operating system that fits your needs the most. You can do almost anything you would on your Windows or Mac machine. There are thousands of free applications for you to install. If you are an amateur or a professional, Gnu/Linux is right for you.

Let's change the landscape of computing. Most of us can agree that one company controlling 90% of desktop computers world wide is not good for innovation, consumers and prices. Check out our website for a tons of information to get you started with Gnu/Linux. You will be impressed by how easy it is and how much functionality it has. There is an alternative to most of the software you are using today. And, the best thing is that majority of distributions of Gnu/Linux are absolutely free and will stay like that. So make the switch to Gnu/Linux and shake up the computer industry. It is a software revolution in the making.

8 comments:

  1. Good work!
    We need a million more blogs like this one to raise
    the awareness of this important issue.

    I am a linux advocate who has been hurt by microsuck's monopoly, and I remain committed to furthering
    Linux at every opportunity.

    There are millions more like me..it's time to stand up! and be heard.
    We should each take time to help someone learn Linux..one at a time!

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  2. The numbers are even more depressing. According to Apple' s own figures, they ship only 3% of the computers world wide. Only in wealthier nations does apple approach double digit market share. So MS actually more likely has about 96% of the worlds desktop market.

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  3. We shouldn't be so concern about market share as we should about Linux SW quality.

    Netbooks have been a good opportunity for Linux to jump into the desktop market, or some part of it when MS released that crap called Vista (Windows Me 2.0?).

    But instead of that, Linux missed the train with poor a crippled Linux distros (Xandros, Limpus, etc instead of Ubuntu/Fedora) and POOR graphics performance, especially 3D. Example: They bought me an eee 901 on late 2008, I switched to Ubuntu after a few weeks and now I wait for Intel/Xorg to deliver proper graphics drivers, at least with a similar performance to the ones in Windows XP... maybe I will have that late 2009 or early 2010...

    Windows has a lot of INERTIA in their favour, they don't need Linux to help them with software performance regressions of bad distro choice.

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  4. In the current economic situation I don't know why many public institutions do not switch to Gnu/Linux, like the French Gendarmerie has done. It's free, it's better serving the people, because from their pockets come the money for public acquisitions and nonetheless people in these institutions have basic computing needs (office suite, email). Gnu/Linux on the desktop has known massive improvement in our decade and I think it is a matter of time before many schools will adopt it too. Perhaps people need to watch the Discovery series "The true story of the Internet" just to catch a glimpse of Microsoft's true nature :)

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  5. I cut and give CDs to all my friends who want to try Linux. Best is create awareness in Schools and make them use Linux. In my company I have changed my colleagues to use Linux and they are really happy with it.

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  6. I constantly read how many percent M$ has, then how many Apple has... come on, people! Is M$ the biggest problem? Why not sit down realxed and concentrate efforts on something more meaningful? I mean, is M$ so interesting? What will happen if you pay less attention to them?

    Everyone is free to use whatever they want. And it should be so, no matter what the reasons are. If people want to use Linux, they will use it - some people are simply not compatible with anything Unix-based.

    Furthermore, do we Linux users need so much new community members? Why not try to force things? There are plenty of means to learn about Linux, even without promoting it and spamming in the Net, attacking different companies.

    I have also told many young people about Linux, but very few have been interested. You won't make the world use the better platform, nor will you make everyone convert to one particular religion. Things will come to their place without needless effort. There are more serious problems in the community, one recent I can think of is here (for example) http://polishlinux.org/gnu/the-right-to-be-free/ so we'd all be better of working on some more important issues. Really.

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  7. Most of the Windows OS' used in the 3rd world countries are pirated. So out of 90% of the market that Microsoft controls 50% of is not really in its control.

    Plus China is enforcing its own Linux (Red Flag) Linux on its people. That would take another chunk out. Security interesting in a lot of countries are pushing the governments to its own Linux distro.

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  8. Piracy is Microsoft's #1 ally. In Spain (not 3rd world... yet, but we are trying hard to get a bit closer now) people almost believes Windows & Office are "for free" (=gratis).

    Enforcing anything into people (as in China) is ALWAYS A BAD IDEA!

    Governments don't care about taxpayer's pockets, they just care about their next re-election. If we want them to save our money we have to make them see they'll be 'out of office' as soon as they rise our taxes and/or waste our money.

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