Summary: Where technical merits are considered rather than marketing and consumerism, GNU/Linux crushes the competition and continues to gain
OUR constant stream of daily news/links hopefully demonstrates that Linux is taking over the embedded/devices market. Another market where GNU/Linux has great power is one of the most luxurious ones and although it involves proprietary software higher up the layers, it still helps justify heavy development on Linux and accompanying parts, GCC included.
Yes, as this shows, GNU/Linux is just as dominant in the supercomputing world as Windows is on PCs. However, unlike Windows on the desktop, which is slowly losing market share (not much, but a little), GNU/Linux is actually *gaining*: six months ago it had 88.60%. Windows, by contrast, remains stuck at a rather pathetic 1% – that’s just five machines in the top 500.
GNU/Linux also rules the most powerful machine.
Poor Apple and Microsoft are nowhere in sight. How come?
Here is a new article that touches on the subject:
Lack of Innovation a Commonality for Microsoft, Apple
Where did Windows come from? Put very simply, Bill Gates couldn’t be bothered to write his own operating system for the IBM PC, so he bought the rights to QDOS from Seattle Computer Products instead. Then he got the idea for Windows from Apple, and Microsoft’s latest innovation is, apparently, the 20 year old sudo concept.
It’s no surprise then that of the world’s most powerful computers included in the latest Top 500 Supercomputing list, just under 90 percent run Linux. The number of Windows and OS X machines in the list can be counted on one hand.
To make matters worse, Apple hardware is once again shown to be inferior to some of the ‘commodity’ options GNU/Linux runs on.
Macs not all that for reliability
A survey of 30,000 laptops has found one in three machines die within three years and netbooks do even worse, suffering 20 per cent more hardware failures than larger laptop machines.
This agrees with other such studies from 2009.
How about this new survey about Microsoft hardware?
CNET UK’s games console reliability survey: 60 per cent of Xbox 360s have broken
Sixty per cent of Xbox 360s have kicked the red-ringed bucket, compared to 16 per cent of PS3s and just 6 per cent of Wiis, according to our survey on the reliability of games consoles in the UK.
A recent survey and other such surveys agree with these numbers. Apple and Microsoft just cannot produce decent hardware, let alone an operating system that’s competitive where bare metal — not sugar coating and marketing — truly matters. █