Apparently, Microsoft thinks it has defeated Linux. At least, they deleted it from their list of competitors.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols declares that they are mistaken. Windows has the desktop, but Linux has the other markets. It is true that Microsoft doesn't have much market share outside the desktop. And if the desktop truly is declining, will Microsoft decline with it?
I won't repeat all the places that Linux holds large amounts of market share, but ,with regard to the desktop, I will say this: not winning is not the same as losing.
Sure Windows runs way more personal computers than Linux, but it's been that way for twenty years. Linux hasn't lost the desktop because it never had it.
In fact, just be refusing to disappear, it has shown much more resilience than other operating systems like Amiga. Even the great Apple, which came on the scene much earlier than Linux and had a GUI was reduced to a mere 7%.
Linux started with nothing. No hardware support, no apps, no user-friendly interface, no users. From that, it has made massive strides to become an OS that my parents can use. That's quite an improvement for a something that has no company to back it up and is given away for free.
Sure commercial applications are kind of scarce and it's hard to find a reasonably priced computer with Linux preinstalled, but that's not a reason to throw in the towel.
I'm not saying that Linux will be number one next year or anything. However, I am saying that Linux is just as capable of taking on Microsoft as it has ever been. Probably fifty times more capable, and I don't see it weakening one bit.