Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Linux, the stealth OS.

Dell's announcement a month ago that it would begin selling computers with the Ubuntu distribution of Linux pre-installed created quite a stir. Now at least one observer is suggesting that Hewlett-Packard will follow in Dell's footsteps in the very near future. As Linux's penetration into the desktop market has, I believe , remained in the single digits, both in the U.S. and worldwide, any such developments are good news to Linux troops (well, except for the haters).

But would you believe that Linux has already quietly achieved a 35 percent share in one of the largest markets in the world? We're talking pre-installed.

The market is China, where, according to the People's Daily, "In 2006, in the domestic market, seven million computers in the domestic market were signed up for pre-installation of Linux, making up 35 percent of the computers in the Chinese market."

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