Originally Posted by MacRulez
Depends where you look. Seems every time I turn around I find another charter school in the States or a government overseas standardizing on Linux.
Just look at the numbers there. While Linux was a very small percentage ahead of the Mac at the beginning of the tracking (0.1%), they're 50% ahead of them now. That's a MUCH slower growth rate for Linux. I would imagine that Apple will be much further ahead in years to come.
But what this doesn't show is current buying, just totals. Apple has a much bigger percentage of recent purchasing.
Agreed, and why I feel Ubuntu and Mac are perfect compliments: if you can afford a Mac, get one and enjoy it. And if not, Ubuntu is priced at $0.00 and runs on nearly any computer made in the last several years.
With Mac nibbling at the top and Ubuntu at the bottom, together they can eat away the majority of Microsoft's market share.
I've tried new versions of Linux on a Mac almost every year since the first version for the PPC came out. I've always found it to be much more annoying in every way. I still do. The biggest problem for non tech people is service. Where does the typical consumer, or school district go for prompt, accurate service? It's tough. For many years I was heavily involved in the NYC school system as a technical advisor. Even here, with all the resources, we have had problems keeping up with service. Even for Macs, there aren't enough techs. For Windows, forget it!
If we moved to Linux, it would be a disaster! Computer teachers are expected to be the first line of service personnel. They do the primary work on the school's servers and computers. Windows baffles them, and OS X isn't perfect either. Linux would be much worse.