It's becoming increasingly apparent that video game development and online distribution company Valve is serious about Linux. But desktop Linux has a 1 percent usage share. Surely there's more to this development effort than meets the eye?
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The Linux OS has spent years scrabbling to claim a 1% usage share, and ultimately never managing to hold onto it, data by web metrics firm NetMarketShare shows that take Apple's iOS platform has breezed past it to the number three spot in the operating systems league table.
Data by web metrics firm Net Applications shows that while both Windows and Mac OS lost usage share in May, Linux made a small gain.
Has Microsoft managed to spread a "Microsoft tax" to Linux?
Tomorrow morning will mark the end of my first week with the Palm Pre after waiting in line in Hawaii for a few hours to ensure I could pick one up. Like the T-Mobile G1 that I bought on launch day last Fall, the Palm Pre runs a new Linux-based OS and both mobile operating systems have been surprisingly quite functional and stable. There are several things I love about the Pre and a few I do not like so let's take a look at the device and Sprint service after my first week of usage where I will also offer up some thoughts on how and/or what could be improved with updates or future devices. You can check out my image gallery and video below for some visuals of the Palm Pre as well.
According to NetApplications, Linux usage share on client devices has, for the first time, passed the 1% mark.
I've been having a ton more followers of my Twitter feed lately and just added the Evernote feed to my account. I then found out that Ars Technica posted a review of Evernote and also revealed the new iPhone formatted Evernote site. As readers know, I am a big fan of Evernote and as they continue to improve the product my usage continues to increase. This new optimized iPhone site allows you to access your same Evernote web account that you can access from your web-enabled phone, Mac, Linux or Windows PC.
The chipmaker's LessWatts.org project aims to build a community around reducing the power consumption of Linux servers and PCs
By way of Slashdot comes this interesting editorial at FreeSoftwareMagazine.com by Tony Mobily who makes a case for why Linux server success is connected to Linux desktop usage, how this initially benefited Red Hat, how Red Hat lost sight of that basic principle, and how Ubuntu not only has it right, but is poised to dethrone Red Hat.
EE Times quotes the results of Forrester Research study on Linux usage in mission-critical applications. Some 53% of 140 companies surveyed by Forrester are running mission-critical applications on Linux, and 52% choose Linux for new applications.
Gartner/DataQuest and EE Times Asia have collaborated on a survey which has found embedded Linux to now be the most commonly used operating system among Asian embedded developers. Linux was strongest in Taiwan, claiming 50% of RTOS usage for 2003 projects and 63% of projected 2004 projects.
IDC said usage levels in Australia indicated that the number of respondents using Linux servers had risen from 17.2% at the end of 1999 to 32.
A survey has found that usage of Microsoft's latest server software is growing quickly in the Web site hosting market, and much of the new business is at the expense of Linux.
A survey has found that usage of Microsoft's latest server software is growing quickly, with some of the new business coming at the expense of Linux
A survey of Asian IT managers predicts that Linux usage will grow by 24 percent--double the growth rate of Unix and quadruple the growth rate of Microsoft.
Freshwater Software, a Mercury Interactive subsidiary based in Boulder, Colo., has released a Linux version of its Web site monitoring SiteScope software, the company said this week. The product, previously available to run on Windows and Unix computers, lets system administrators monitor services such as server availability, database-transaction completion, streaming media availability, processor usage and Web site traffic. SiteScope starts at $1,995 and increases according to how many software services are being monitored. Customers using SiteScope to monitor their Web sites include Intel, EMC, America Online, Citibank, Cable & Wireless, Microsoft, Digex and Qualcomm. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Opera Software has released a new beta, or test, version of its Web browser for Linux. Opera 6.0 for Linux Beta 1 is designed to provide users of the open-source operating system with a faster, easier-to-use browser, the company said in a statement. The Oslo, Norway-based company also added non-Roman alphabets to the browser in an effort to increase usage in Asia and Eastern Europe. Additional features include the ability to create contact lists, to import bookmarks and other files, and to use most Netscape plug-ins. The release comes several months after a counterpart was offered for the Windows operating system. Opera offers free versions of its browsers, but advertising is attached. Ad-free Opera costs $39. Paying users of Opera 5.x for Linux can upgrade for free to the 6.0 beta. Paying users of Opera 4.x can upgrade for $15. --Julie Laing, Special to ZDNet News
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