We all know that Apple is focusing on iOS devices more than OSX devices. The money is in consumer-type devices. There are a lot more ‘regular’ people out there than there are developers and power-users.
Microsoft just announced their ‘surface’ tablet and are leaning towards Windows 8 as their primary OS even for the desktop. There’s no way to even find the start button and you’re kind of locked into the metro interface even if you don’t want to be.
Let’s face it. Companies like Apple and Microsoft are slaves to the shareholders and shareholders want the stock price to rise more and more. This forces companies to think of profits over everything else. Consumer-grade devices are where the big money is and focus is being drawn away from the desktop and server OSs more and more.
Where does this leave 3rd party desktop and server vendors? They can’t compete with Microsoft in the tablet market because they have to license Windows 8 (RT) at $80/device. MS doesn’t have to license their own OS, so they get it for free. If they control the production of the hardware and they get the OS for free, there’s no way that 3rd party hardware vendors can compete on price.
The only choice left is a free desktop OS: Linux.
Linux is already a leader in the server market. Most websites run apache or nginx on top of Linux. Most of the instances that run in Amazon’s and Rackspace’s cloud are Linux. Linux is the leader in the server-space. Linux sucks on the desktop, but Ubuntu is giving it one hell of a good try. With the major, commercial companies (Apple & MS) leaning away from the desktop market (because it’s not as profitable) the odds of getting Linux on your next HP or DELL desktop is a very good bet (and possibly even supported for free). This is win/win for Linux. They get more adoption and more support. Linux doesn’t care about profits because it’s free and the 3rd party hardware developers are going to be looking for an OS that they don’t have to pay a license fee to use.Tweet