Linux in more than 90% of top supercomputers

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| Other operating systems, such as AIX (4.8%), Solaris (0.4%) and Mac OS X
| (0.4%) make the list, but Linux is alone at the top, where it is used in 459
| systems or 91.8% of the top supercomputer systems.

Is 2008 the Year of the Linux Desktop?

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| So, the fact that Dell is offering Linux isn't the Holy Grail that many Linux
| users thought it would be. The" if you build it, they will come," philosophy
| just isn't going to get it done for desktop Linux. Nor is technical
| excellence alone going to propel Linux into the desktop market. Vendors need
| to offer solutions that play to Linux's strengths and put a little marketing
| muscle behind it as well.
| [...]
| I'm talking about the Asus EEE PC and the Everex Green gPC. Both systems are,
| by today's standards, cheap, underpowered, and limited in function. They also
| play to Linux's strengths by being cheap, underpowered, and limited in
| function. Despite limited horsepower, both systems are more than adequate for
| performing basic desktop functions (email, Web browsing, running
|, etc.) and offer stripped-down interfaces that are less
| confusing for new users.
| [...]
| Do I think that we're going to see Linux devices overtake Windows in 2008?
| Not likely. But I think this is going to be the year you're going to see a
| lot of companies offering slimmed-down devices boasting Linux for average
| users, which just might be the stepping stone for Linux to start encroaching
| on the full-fledged desktop market as well.


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
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| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.

The year of the Linux desktop has finally arrived

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| While Windows advocates may smirk and say here we go again, as 2007 draws to
| a close I get the strong feeling that we may look back upon this year and
| recognize it with hindsight as the year that the Linux desktop finally
| arrived. There are a number of events that point to 2007 as being the turning
| point for Linux and it all started in January with the release of Windows
| Vista. * *

Inertia the obstacle to Linux on the desktop

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| The Year of the Linux desktop may never come. Instead, there will continue to
| be significant encroachment into the territory that Microsoft believes to be
| its own. *

Gearlog Radio: Dumping Vista for Linux

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| Golly jee, do we have a full-packed show for our Gearlog Radio listeners! We
| being the show with the Weird Hunter's switch from Windows to the open-source
| Ubuntu OS: what she likes about it and why some aspects of it are more
| unstable than Windows is. * *

Linux gains despite and because of Microsoft

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| Despite the heightened competition over the last two quarters from
| Microsoft-Novell and a move by Oracle to undercut Red Hat on the cost of Red
| Hat Linux support service, Red Hat has reported double-digit growth in
| revenue and an increase in profit. *
| “The success of Red Hat has been able to validate the future potential for
| open source software,” Szulik says.
| Emerging countries are also lucrative markets for Linux, says IDC’s Gillen,
| because there isn’t as much of the legacy Windows technology to have to
| displace. *

Playing the numbers game: how many Linux installations and users are out there?

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| But smolt is only an opt-in tool and is not offered during text installations
| (Servers, etc.) at all. According to Fedora’s statistics page the estimated
| ratio between smolt data and reality is 1 to 10. This would result in 1.25
| million Fedora users - and therefore in 25 million Linux users. *
| [...]
| There is another possible approach to these numbers: Ubuntu’s Mark
| Shuttleworth estimated 8 million Ubuntu users in an interview in late
| December 2006. And both the Linux Desktop Survey and the web server logs from
| Distro Watch gave Ubuntu roughly 30 % of the cake. This makes more than 26.6
| million Linux users 8 month ago. * *