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Taking the Linux Plunge

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When Microsoft announced the end of support for Windows 98 and Millennium Edition on June 30th, there was a lot of talk of these users migrating over to Linux Desktops. According to OneStat.com, this is approximately 4% of the total PCs in the world. With Linux clocking in at only 0.4%, this means for every ten PCs, only one has Linux installed compared to these two Microsoft OS’s that are no longer supported. Take into account Windows XP and 2000, out of one hundred PCs, ninety-three will be on Microsoft Supported OS’s, four will have Microsoft Non-Supported OS’s, two running Apple OS X and only one possibly on Linux. That leaves a lot of room for market share penetration that someone really could, and probably should for these users’ sake, take advantage of.

In the few weeks since this announcement from Microsoft, there is a very noticeable increase of activity on community boards and web blogs for what Linux enthusiast generally refer to as Newbies, or new comers to the Linux world, asking questions about switching over to Linux, and how would they support their new systems. Now I wouldn’t say that the 4% is rushing over to the land of Tux, but slowly these people are looking for something that will work on their older hardware and not require them to replace the system in order to be supported.

It is widely accepted that the largest hurdle that Linux currently faces is the perceived complexity to running a Linux distribution (commonly shortened to distro), and while there are a couple of companies trying to take advantage, like Xandros offering 50% off to these Microsoft customers here, it doesn’t seem like this opportunity is getting fully exploited.

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re: Win95/98

And exactly where did you pull that number (i.e. 27%) from?

re: This is Survey ...

Lies, Damn Lies, and then there's Statistics.

Without the source, hard to tell how "they" came up with their number. User surveys are notoriously un-scientific.

According to OneStat.com (who polls the actual system, not the user) Win95/98 only makes up 4% of the worlds OS's in use.

Since most non-Western Countries just pirate the OS anyways, why would they not pirate the most current OS? As to cost of equipment, only the most poor of third world countries can't afford systems that can run XP, and they certainly don't tally up to 27% of the worlds computers.

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