How to Buy a Computer Preloaded With Ubuntu
Dec 01, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)
"If you've ever paid attention to the market share statistics
for desktop operating systems you probably know that Linux is most
frequently pegged at about one percent.
"That's a dramatic underrepresentation, of course, due largely
to the fact that Linux is free. Whereas Microsoft, for example,
keeps careful count of each and every copy of Windows it
distributes, in the case of Linux there's typically no vendor
keeping count. Rather, users simply download, share, and enjoy the
open source operating system to their heart's content without any
"Functionally this works just fine for users. The problem is
that it makes it too easy for software and hardware vendors, makers
of device drivers, and critics of all kinds to discount Linux's
importance in the marketplace."