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Old 12-09-2012, 12:56 AM   #371
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Originally Posted by kyteflyer View Post
Windows is licenced, sold whatever to any PC maker/company that wants it.
This is pretty much what Google does with Android. It offers a more-or-less standard platform for software developers, users get a somewhat standard interface between devices, and hardware developers have an enormous amount of incentive to address different markets. Is it any wonder why Google (and Microsoft) were successful internationally, while Apple is successful within certain markets.

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Linux is always going to be behind the 8ball because it isnt licenced, so its not marketed to any particular group. Watch things change if one or more of the large companies (eg Dell, HP) start actively marketing Linux as a viable alternative to Windows.
Linux is licensed. It is just that the licensing is so flexible that most people don't recognize the thing being licensed as Linux or the license as being a license. It is probably a sure bet to say that Linux dominates the market: Android is built on Linux, most ereaders are based on Linux, wireless routers are frequently running Linux. Even Televisions use Linux.

Openness does breed success.
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