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.