Different OS's? Marketshare
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Wed Feb 23 13:18:22 GMT 2005
I think he said "break point" not "break even"
In a previous life, our stats guys in banking considered anything that had
2% share (although I think we used 3%, whatever) of a population was
"significant" and worth breaking out for study.
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From: "Ted Mittelstaedt" <tedm at toybox.placo.com>
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Subject: RE: Different OS's? Marketshare
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Robert Kim,
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> > Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 7:49 AM
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> > Subject: Different OS's? Marketshare
> > Different OS's? Marketshare...
> > any idea how many major OS's are out there today and what market share
> > they have?
> > i think
> > WIN 70%
> > Lin 20%
> > Apple 5%
> > so who is the other 5 % ???
> > you realze the statisticians and economists hold that 2 percent is the
> > break point...
> Break even for what? Oh I get it - break even to make a profit, right?
> Hmm I wonder who gets the profits from the sale of FreeBSD? Do you
> they would be overly concerned with the 2% rule?
> This is one of the (many) problems with trying to hold a free OS up to
> a measuring stick designed for measuring commercial OSes.
> Note that Linux is doing much better against these measuring sticks
> the Linux community, for all their loud proclamations about being GPL,
> has been steadily making Linux less and less distinguishable from the
> commercial OSs. When for example was the last time you saw a Linux
> enthusiast with a burned CDROM of an ISO he downloaded somewhere? The
> ones I see all have colorful cardboard boxes with penguins on them
> that they bought at Fry's.
> Consider that even if FreeBSD had 50% of all running computers - if those
> 50% of computers all belong to people that never buy software and only
> run freeware, the people that create these measuring sticks would bend
> over backwards to be sure those 50% were not counted. Not because they
> have anything against FreeBSD, but simply because the customers of the
> data these measuring sticks produce cannot sell anything to that 50% -
> thus they don't care if that 50% exists or not.
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