From NetMarketShare have been published 2010 statistics on the use of operating systems to access the Internet. As has happened in previous years the market share of Microsoft’s operating system is overwhelming, nearly 92%, after follows Mac with a 5%, iOS with 1,3% and GNU / Linux with nearly 1%.
As relevant data is worth mentioning, the growth that has been iOS, which has practically matched with GNU / Linux operating system to access the Internet and in “Other” percentage, includes Android with 0,17% of the market share, that have a growing trend in the market during this year. This gives an idea of the rise that have mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in today’s markets.
In my opinion, one of the remaining tasks in the world of free operating systems is a niche market of final consumers, this will should commit to simplify the handling and installation of these systems and provide attractive graphical interfaces to call attention to the user. Ubuntu is a clear example of a Linux desktop-oriented world, however, I think one of the problems that are not consolidated into this market with large numbers is that there are plenty of distributions, each of his father and his mother, this coupled with the issue that not all software that exists for Windows is available in Linux (but gradually becoming more alternatives there are free programs or platform) and the Microsoft monopoly is subject to its utiliación and simplicity of the force of habit on users, make Linux has a large barrier to entry in the desktop world.
It will look like a great initiative by the free software communities, try to reduce the number of distributions (even being able to tend to 1), in order to combine forces in order to get in a short time free desktop operating systems, powerful, fast, simple to use and attractive to end users.
But is not the same case as Android, which as we have seen is growing slowly but steadily, this if seeping deeper into the smartphone market, and becoming the benchmark for this type devices. It can serve to pave the way for free software, and the perception that the end user on this in other fields.
References: Genbeta [ES]