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  •  Linux isn't all open source software (2+ / 0-)
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    nymosyn, bobtmn

    Apache and nginx, for example, are open source server software. According to Netcraft (scroll to graph of Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains August 1995 - June 2011), Apache has served 50% or more of websites since 1998, Apache and nginx currently serve about 70%, and Microsoft about 20% of web sites.

    On the client side, Internet Explorer has fallen to around or less than 50% of market share, losing to open source alternatives like Firefox and Chrome (the Linux versions of Chrome, at least, are open source, even though provided by Google), and Apple's Safari was originally based on the open source KDE project's khtml libraries and now uses the open source WebKit libraries, the successors to khtml.

    Android is mentioned in another post, and you're response is correct - Windows has never been a big player in the mobile market (or embedded market either) because open source offerings have been there earlier with better offerings.

    We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - John F Kennedy

    by badger on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 10:33:03 PM PDT

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    •  All true. Frankly though... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I'm having a lot of trouble lately, determining exactly what an operating system is - and, more importantly, what a computer is.

      I have an Android tablet with a 1 Ghz processor and half a Gig of RAM.  It has wireless, USB, an SSD, etc.  It runs Android or Linux (Debian, in my case - but whatever you want to install, pretty much).

      I run almost everything on my tablet that I run on my desktop:  OpenOffice, Skype, movies and music without a stutter, etc.  I have - if I want them - a portable mouse and keyboard.  I can attach a regular monitor, too.

      How is it not a computer, and how is it not in direct competition with Microsoft?  What is this differentiation between computers and 'mobile devices' really about?

      Sounds like a face-saving marketing ploy on Microsoft's part, to me.

      It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

      by Jaime Frontero on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 10:47:58 PM PDT

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      •  iPad vs. Android..... (0+ / 0-)

        I'm going to be purchasing a tablet soon -- how do you like your Android?  My husband thinks I should go iPad.

        •  For what it's worth... (0+ / 0-)

          ...I love my iPad.

          And I think it'll only get more useful once I get Lion for my Mac and iOS 5, with the coordinated cloud functionality... The ability to seamlessly share stuff between my various devices will be wonderful. My advice: Especially if you've already got a Mac or an iPhone, get an iPad.

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