February 18, 2002

BSD desktop share triples that of Linux

Author: JT Smith

NewsFactor Network writes "According to published reports, Ernest Prabhakar of Apple Computer informed attendees at the USENIX BSD Conference earlier this week that BSD is now three times more popular than Linux on the desktop. BSD's rapid rise in share is obviously due to Mac OS X's UNIX heritage, which incorporates Free BSD's kernel in the underlying core of the company's new OS. And OS X is targeted directly at desktop consumers. Because Linux' primary strengths are on the server (rather than the desktop) though bragging about BSD's desktop share over Linux' might be likened to an individual bragging that he is the fastest downhill skier in all of Egypt. While it may be true, one must ask if such an achievement is worth boasting about."


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