MS Down, Mac, Linux Up

For the first time in ages, the sale of new PCs with Windows as a percentage of the PC market is declining sharply. The new winner is the Mac, but, while no one does a good job of tracking the still-new, pre-installed Linux desktop market, it’s also clear that Linux is finally making impressive inroads into Windows’ once unchallenged market share.

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Comments

  1. #1 Todd
    March 22, 2008

    I think this says more about how horrid Vista is, than Linux and Mac.

  2. #2 Joe
    March 22, 2008

    Unfortunately, your source doesn’t provide enough information to give a reader any confidence that their market analysis is accurate. They point to NPD.com but there is nothing on the NPD website that indicates an analysis of computer sales.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    March 22, 2008

    Hey, I’m a Linux Jingoist! Who cares about FACTS!

  4. #4 chezjake
    March 22, 2008

    Another thing you need to be aware of — NPD only reports sales through mass-market big box stores, so none of Apple’s sales through its own stores or through any internet retailers are included. I’d imagine that that also excludes a lot of sales of Linux systems. (This info on NPD is buried among a lot of other stuff in this report: http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/RDM.Tech.Q1.07/FFE4A8E2-9816-4344-9FB0-61BED246674C.html )

  5. #5 decrepitoldfool
    March 22, 2008

    I work in the Microsoftest college on campus, and though our desktop base is all PC+MS, we are acquiring more Apple servers. And I am seeing a huge uptick in the number of macbooks being toted around by our ever-so-earnest business majors.

    Cracks in the dam – and when the critical point is reached, the dam fails almost instantaneously. Just like this metaphor.

  6. #6 Coin
    March 24, 2008

    Cracks in the dam – and when the critical point is reached, the dam fails almost instantaneously. Just like this metaphor.

    Checkmate!

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