Will Penguins Rule? Not Any Time Soon
If you believe what you read on slashdot, we're rapidly approaching a desktop Linux revolutionIf you believe what you read on slashdot, were rapidly approaching a desktop Linux revolution. But whether or not Linux some day shatters our desktop Windows, you need only glance into any school, home or workplace to see that the day of Linux mascot Tux the Penguins desktop dominion is not todayand wont be tomorrow, either. According to a recent IDC report, Windows accounted for 92 percent of client operating system shipments last year. Shipments of desktop Linux were up 25 percent last year but accounted for less than 2 percent of the total client operating system market. On the bright sidefor Linux, at leasta large chunk of Microsofts operating system shipments last year were Windows 9x and Windows ME, a code base that Microsoft plans to take out back and shoot not long after Windows XP emerges from Redmond.
To sell Windows XP, Microsoft will have to convince Windows 9x users that the operating system theyre using is lousy and should be replaced. Microsoft has already gotten started on this with magazine advertisements for Windows 2000 that mock a Windows 95 box thats fallen into a "blue screen" and cant get up.