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OS Horse Race: Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux

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The competition for market share between the leading desktop OSes, Windows, Mac and Linux, has seen no major revolution this year. But based on data from Net Applications, there have been subtle changes that suggest major shifts in the years ahead.

In sum, Apple claimed the largest number of new users, though it remains a distinctly niche player. Linux can boast of more than doubling its user base, yet its overall number is still miniscule. The dominant Windows holds on to its lion’s share, but the adoption rate for the massively marketed Vista is merely respectable.

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the article wrote:
there have been subtle changes that suggest major shifts in the years ahead.

Wow, with such a vastly scientific approach that Net Application uses, can they predict the weather (or the lotto) too?

Calling a trend "subtle" is marketing speak (i.e. BS) for "statistically insignificant", and any forecasting methods based on that type of data are no better then using a Magic 8 Ball.

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