Predictions for 2009
The choice of an operating system continues to be task-driven. Linux offers power users absolute control over all aspects of their PC, yet it still needs a focused desktop release that is not geared for “Linux for the Desktop,” but instead serves as an operating system focused on the consumer goals of office productivity, Web surfing, music, movies, and photos.
Mac OS X continues to find new enthusiasts who want a system that “just works.” It’s a true testament of the underlying NeXTSTEP design from 1989, bringing both UNIX capabilities and candy-coated Apple goodness. There’s no reason you can’t run a stripped-down Mac OS X system that loads xterm at launch and acts as a pure X terminal other than the fact that native Mac OS X is compelling enough.
Finally, despite all the naysayers, Windows continues to be the dominant platform for desktop computing. Microsoft’s commitment to the Windows 7 project is recognition that the company is aware of its missteps with Vista and research on Singularity/Midori continues. Microsoft isn’t about to let its dominance fade without a fight.
It’s an exciting time for technology enthusiasts.
September 2008 Worldwide Market Share (source: Net Applications)
- PC: 90.3%
- Mac: 8.23%
- Linux: 0.91%
Alan’s Prediction for September 2009
- PC: 87.1%
- Mac: 11.2%
- Linux: 1.0%
Anonymous prediction for 2009 - 0.3%
So more stable? perhaps, but certainly not in my home.
It is getting better every version that launches, but still needs a lot of love. Wine use should be simple and stealthy. That is, put a x86 windows cd, and wine detects and pulls out a auto run. You get the idea.
when that happens Linux will check mate Win/OSX. Compiz/Fusion is already prettier than OSX (and with great promises) and the system is much safer. And faster.
Lets wait and see.
Mac is comparing itself to windows OS or rather they should be. The Apple community is content believing that PC(Personal Computer) means Windows. They simply don't know the difference. Note to mac users: Macs are PCs also. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_computer
Also, listen to the music in the background. It's lullaby nature appeals to the mentality of Mac users as does the original color pallet 'box of crayons' in the system settings. They didn't design it that way by accident.
That's why Mac users love to boast about the commercials and their computers. Basic - ignorance is bliss.
It's not your fault though. It's not like personal computers have been widely available since the late 1970's but you haven't bothered to take one class on them right? You haven't?! That's a pity and thank you.
It's people like you who keep the entire PC(yes you too) technical community employed.
Dunno about all below the wine, as I don't use linux for anything other than firewalls. But I don't think wine will ever get to a level that allows linux to replace windows. Mac OS has a chance - but only if they somehow can make game developers compile mainstream games for the mac.
Though the article in general is very well written, I still find it fails on one simple aspect. Gaming. Every single pc I've built in the past 5 years was expected to play pretty much any non-top-tier game. Ie. not crysis, but if hugo or pixeline, or any other childrens game, was shipped with some magazine or put on discount, the people I built the computers for, expect that the software will work. That can't be realized on a mac unless it runs windows - at which point there's no reason to buy the more expensive mac.
If we imagine a future version of flash, silverlight, java or any other internet based system could address the hardware in a pc via a standard interface - like directx or opengl etc but on the actaul hardware, instead of on the gui. And without the programmer needing expert knowledge of the limitations of the features, then virtualization won't even be needed. Stuff would just run directly on hardware. A bit like a seamless window on a citrix system, but with the hardware being used locally, and the drivers being a bunch of software embedded in the hardware burried beneath the gui.
But that probably won't happen for another 10 years, so windows is safe, even with a complete idiot at the wheel.