Windows vs. Linux: What's the World Saying?
"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches" said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft in a media interview with Chicago Sun-Times. What plague of the penguin is this to conquer first the server market and, now, make its mark on netbooks?
Let's see from Bloomberg:
The devices, which usually cost less than $500, are the fastest-growing segment of the personal-computer industry -- a trend that's eating into Microsoft's revenue.
Asustek, based in Taipei, introduced the Eee PC in October 2007, igniting the netbook market. The company, which at first just offered Linux, later added an XP version.
The Eee PC prompted companies such as Acer, the world's third-largest computer vendor, to develop similar products. Taipei-based Acer's AspireOne, available with Linux or XP, became the best-selling netbook model during the third quarter, President Gianfranco Lanci said last month at an investors' conference in Taipei.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell Follow
Linux, equipped in 30 percent to 40 percent of Eee PCs sold, will probably sustain a market share of about 30 percent, said Samson Hu, a general manager at Asustek. The company estimates it will ship at least 5 million Eee PCs in 2008 after selling about 4 million since the product's debut.
Acer, which is aiming to sell 5 million to 6 million AspireOne laptops this year, estimates that Linux-equipped models account for about 20 percent of its shipments, spokesman Henry Wang said.
Disturbing for the giant? Yes, it is. Microsoft's fear is not Linux increasing market share. Nor it is some 30-40% share of the netbook market. It is that people are seeing there is an alternative, something else that they can try. The equation is not computers = Windows and longer. There is a whole different world outside. Make this our point one.