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Linux now on 42% of consumer computing devices – happy birthday Linus

As we say happy birthday to Linus Torvalds today, he should be a happy chap because Linux is now the dominating OS on consumer computing devices. According to IDC and Goldman Sachs, as reported by the Seattle Times, Android (which is based on Linux) runs on 42% of all consumer computing devices.

How can that be?

There’s no denying the success of Linux in many areas, with Android being the foremost example. Google’s Android OS had a worldwide smartphone market share of 75% during the third quarter of 2012. In September, it passed the 500 million milestone for the total number of activated devices, and 1.3 million new devices activated every day. So when it comes to smartphones Linux is doing very well.

On the desktop, Linux is also, at least by some measures, doing well. But the numbers are far from as great as for smartphones. However, in the realm of supercomputers, Linux is king.

How come Android, according to IDC and Goldman Sachs, achieves such an astounding share as 42%? It’s all down to how different devices are categorized. The report bundles smartphones with tablets and computers in “consumer computing devices”. And since computer sales are going down, and sales of mobile devices going up, the estimate is that Android alone will account for 42% of these devices sold in 2012.

IDC linux android

Picture from The Seattle Times.

For Microsoft the situation is not as good. The combined share of Redmond’s different operating systems fell from 97% in 2000 to an estimated 20% in 2012. Apple, with OS X and iOS, grabs a 24% share.

How far we’ve come since Time Magazine declared the personal computer “The machine of the year” for 1982.

Linus, as you celebrate your birthday, will you contemplate the impact of the OS you created?



70 comments
maxmate
maxmate

linux is a free platform,i like free spirit.

virtual office
virtual office

I don't like this Linux OS, but if it gets higher sales in the market then I would love to explore this OS. Anyway, I'm happy that at least for so long, Linux is now making his name popular again. And also, more users of Android nowadays because smartphone has all these amazing features and it's could be like your mini computer as well.

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Who would have thought that Linux will someday such a high penetration rate. Most people look at it as a tool for programmers and tech geeks.

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john_lockyer
john_lockyer

@mpesce Linux is now my OS preference, does pretty much all I need.

john_lockyer
john_lockyer

@mpesce Linux is now my OS preference, does pretty much all I need.

einspruch
einspruch

@mpesce I was thinking that was an awfully big number. Then "Android". Oh.

einspruch
einspruch

@mpesce I was thinking that was an awfully big number. Then "Android". Oh.

JLukasIgelbrink
JLukasIgelbrink

@YourAnonNews of course because Linux is the best system. Maybe in a few years everybody will use it.

JLukasIgelbrink
JLukasIgelbrink

@YourAnonNews of course because Linux is the best system. Maybe in a few years everybody will use it.

IanWrigley
IanWrigley

@YourAnonNews #Linux #GNU #OSS sure if you count tablets and smart phones

IanWrigley
IanWrigley

@YourAnonNews #Linux #GNU #OSS sure if you count tablets and smart phones

MEHNESH
MEHNESH

@YourAnonNews yah, Linus

MEHNESH
MEHNESH

@YourAnonNews yah, Linus

vutangmc
vutangmc

@YourAnonNews is that true? well i would .like but i'm afraid is not :(

vutangmc
vutangmc

@YourAnonNews is that true? well i would .like but i'm afraid is not :(

JRG2309
JRG2309

@YourAnonNews #Linux, the most greatest operating system and the most important... #FREE Happy bithday LINUX!!!

JRG2309
JRG2309

@YourAnonNews #Linux, the most greatest operating system and the most important... #FREE Happy bithday LINUX!!!

Ennileah
Ennileah

@YourAnonNews Course it is...what do you think xbox runs on lol

Ennileah
Ennileah

@YourAnonNews Course it is...what do you think xbox runs on lol

BrianWright
BrianWright

@nomad_21 Yeah, I knew it was creeping up lately but I didn't expect it to be that high.

BrianWright
BrianWright

@nomad_21 Yeah, I knew it was creeping up lately but I didn't expect it to be that high.

ZOMGURFAT
ZOMGURFAT

@YourAnonNews was referring to Linus Torvalds @iPhonezHD so, allow me to correct you.. Linus*

ZOMGURFAT
ZOMGURFAT

@YourAnonNews was referring to Linus Torvalds @iPhonezHD so, allow me to correct you.. Linus*

XythoniX
XythoniX

@YourAnonNews But android counts too?

XythoniX
XythoniX

@YourAnonNews But android counts too?

Kletskous
Kletskous

@Kletskous thanks for the RT. :)

Kletskous
Kletskous

@Kletskous thanks for the RT. :)

DustanCurtis
DustanCurtis

@pingdom Dressing it up in a tux (penguin) didn't work. We needed little green men to finally get it done

DustanCurtis
DustanCurtis

@pingdom Dressing it up in a tux (penguin) didn't work. We needed little green men to finally get it done

iPhonezHD
iPhonezHD

@ZOMGURFAT @YourAnonNews oh sorry then haha

iPhonezHD
iPhonezHD

@ZOMGURFAT @YourAnonNews oh sorry then haha

UDKingo
UDKingo

@iPhonezHD no, he was correct in his tweet Mr. #isheep @YourAnonNews

UDKingo
UDKingo

@iPhonezHD no, he was correct in his tweet Mr. #isheep @YourAnonNews

bmarkovic79
bmarkovic79

 @lucian303 Kerenel = OS genius. The rest (userland) is programs. Windows is Windows NT, even if typical users identify the DE as the OS, DE is certainly not GNU either. The OS is certainly not GNU, GNU code by now is less than 5% of deployed code in any Unixoid. X alone has many times the lines of code of GNU tools. You freaking Stallmanists are really boring with this argument.

MrPopinjay
MrPopinjay

 @lucian303 No where in the article does it call Linux an operating system. It's fair to assume they are correctly referring to operating systems that use the Linux kernel, which is what Linus produced. He's not responsible for the GNU/Linux OS.

They clearly explain that their Linux group includes other platforms that use the kernel such as Android.

XythoniX
XythoniX

@SETH_HIKARU so it isn't very surprising and makes me very sad :(

XythoniX
XythoniX

@SETH_HIKARU so it isn't very surprising and makes me very sad :(

peterjlord
peterjlord

 @MrPopinjay  @lucian303 In the opening sentence

"As we say happy birthday to Linus Torvalds today, he should be a happy chap because Linux is now the dominating OS on consumer computing devices."