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BSD is kicking Linux's azz

Paul Bissex
06:41 PM ET (US)
I have no basis for judging the numbers, but it's definitely true that your typical Mac user with a dual-OS (9/X) machine is staying in 9 -- and I bet many buyers of the new ones (consumer models at least) who are comfortable with "Classic" MacOS will be rolling back to to boot from that, too.

(dedicated OS X user)
06:54 PM ET (US)
This claim produced a lot of laughter at lunch today.
taylor wagen
01:11 PM ET (US)
the quote is actually '3 times as popular as desktop Linux'
the quote doesn't apply to all installs; just desktop installs.
taylor wagen
Edited 02-14-2002 01:12 PM
Charlie Stross
09:53 AM ET (US)
This claim is, of course, bogus. It relies on the various surveys by suit agencies (Gartner, IDC, etc) that are intended to show the prevalence of various OS's in various roles; these
generally paint a reassuring (for CIO's) picture of Linux moving into a server niche market but having no desktop penetration. Apple execs can therefore claim to own the UNIX desktop because of course all new Mac sales run OS/X.

Or do they? Loads of Mac owners are still staying on OS/9, while lots of PCs that are sold with Windows pre-installed end up running Linux. My upstairs neighbour Jan is an office admin person. But she's running Linux as the desktop OS on her PC at home. Guess what: Gartner and IDC didn't ask _her_ opinion before declaring Linux an also-ran in the desktop

So what the hell does this mean? It means "you can lie with
statistics: film at eleven".

(PS: I'm writing this on an iBook running OS/X. Please don't take it as a Linux user attack on Apple; rather, I'm lodging an objection to shit-headed executives who think they can lie with statistics without being called on it.)

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