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Apple, Linux Miss Golden Opportunity to Snag Desktop Market Share

Jan 23, 2009, 14:32 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Despite having nothing better to offer enterprise customers than the ridiculous Vista or the ancient XP for the past two years, Microsoft still rules the enterprise desktop. And with Windows 7, that reign is set to continue.

"The failure to kick Microsoft while it was down and make serious inroads into the enterprise market is seriously dispiriting for fans of The Fruit and the Penguin, not least because OS X and many desktop Linux distros have been going from strength to strength. Opportunities like the one Vista's failure afforded don't come around very often.

"Apple's desktop OS has never been more popular in the consumer market place and is certainly the one with all the momentum. Its market penetration has reached almost 10 percent, and there are plenty of Linux distros that are popular with consumers too, particularly Ubuntu. Intrepid Ibex, the latest desktop release, is far and away the best Ubuntu release there's ever been."

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