Vista Bouncing Down The Stairs
iWeek tells the story in a couple of articles: First, Vista is struggling, while most major computer makers and a number of retailers are selling out of Linux-powered PCs. Brands like Everex are able to match the performance of entry-level Windows computers by using the slimmer Unix-like OS on less-expensive hardware. Here we have $200 to $400 computers that match the performance of competing $400 to $800 PCs. Even better, they avoid many of the Windows annoyances that Apple mocks in those 'Get a Mac' ads.
Secondly, two-thirds of PCs sold with Windows last year were sold with XP. (Again, this is from an iWeek article. It does not match anything I'm seeing, where a number of people are buying Macs and some are buying Linux-powered computers, but Windows users are reluctantly getting Vista. I should note that I am seeing a number of them contact the manufacturer (e.g., Toshiba) to request an XP restore CD, but thus far I know of none that successfully persuaded any vendors to honor the request. These are just individuals that I observe in my path through life, so the sample size is vanishingly small.)
iWeek's figures show that XP captured 67% of the market its first year, while Vista captured only 39% in its first year. When you consider the number of people who are going back to XP, this 39% penetration could be much lower. Take a look at the articles for yourself and decide what you believe.
It was difficult to find preinstalled Linux for the consumer market (sans "Windows tax") in 2002. Now, Linux-powered computers are popping up all over the Web. (I haven't seen them in retail stores yet.)
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