In these days of tethered smarthphones, and wifi hotspots all over the place, how often do you need a laptop, yet are truly without connectivity ?
Point is Chromebooks are selling, and if XP is only really left in the office … why should Chromebook connectivity be an issue ?
I’ve mentioned this before … someone wiser than I once inferred, Windows will implode and Linux will be what’s left. though it probably won’t be Linux as we know it today, and will have morphed into something else … and this was said BEFORE Android and ChromeOS
Why are you having problems with Chromebooks and Android being “Linux” ? … both are drawing from / feeding into the “Linux” kernel, neither would exist without “Linux” … you’re willing to accept your router and mp3 player probably use Linux yet neither look like a “normal” Linux desktop UI ???
I’m baffled why you aren’t seeing Windows shrivelling like I am ???
XP is Dead
Win7 - businesses aren’t going to be over the moon about upgrading from XP to an OS that’s already earmarked for termination.
Win8 is IMHO helping to drive people away from Windows altogether.
“old school” Linux is being marketed by Dell again, and is becoming the backend for things like the SteamBox and home media devices such as PVR’s, etc.
“new school” Linux (Android, etc.) is BY FAR winning the “device” wars … Android is itself becoming a more capable platform (and I don’t expect that trend to stop) and as Windows dies will probably stretch its legs into the desktop (maybe Google will do it, but if not someone else will … there are already Android laptops)
Chromebook sales are on the rise, and in the public eye … and Google have stated they are going to extend it’s capabilities (including “offline”).
The biggest difference is that (and oddly Apple started this) the public no longer see Windows as the only (or even the best) option.
Businesses are seeing WIndows as something they’re “stuck with” rather than something they “want” … that feeling won’t last as other solutions come to the fore … including “cloud” solutions, that even Microsoft are pushing … a whole way of working that no longer “requires” Windows.
Do you really think Microsoft would be getting into cloud solutions that don’t require Windows if they hadn’t already seen the writing on the Windows/walls … hell, they know Windows is dead, that’s why they’re rushing to the cloud to offer their software as services on other OS’s / devices.
How I see it for business/corporate - there’ll be a move away from overpowered expensive standalone PC’s running Windows, and a move towards cheaper thin clients running everything from local and cloud servers … Linux is the obvious choice here as it’s well positioned through design for this kind of environment and will keep the costs down.
Linux in it’s many forms (and FOSS in general) has ALREADY won … all that’s left to do now is sit back and watch the last vestiges of an inefficient dying behemoth of an OS that nobody has anything good to say about turn to dust and blow away.
It’s all quite simple … Linux by its open nature immediately gets used to fill any niche that presents itself … Windows is presenting crack after crack
Damn … now I have RSI