The latest NetMarketShare data indicates an increase in desktop market share of Linux by 1.5% and a drop of Windows shares by 2% between March 2020 and April 2020. Does it mean Windows 10 users are switching to its free and open source alternative Linux?
The data shows the rise of Linux, but that’s not what Deepin Linux founder Liu Wenhuan thinks. Liu is currently a general manager at Union Tech and oversees the development of Deepin Linux-based Unified Operating System (UOS). And according to him, UOS will take at least 3, 5, or even 10 years to truly match up with the foreign operating system like Microsoft’s Windows.
UOS: Chinese OS To Replace Windows
Union Tech is a company that builds Chinese commercial Deepin Linux-based UOS with a vision to replace foreign OS in the coming years. Since it’s built on top of the most beautiful Linux distro, Deepin, it resembles the same awesome UI with Deepin desktop environment (DDE).
Deepin Linux is a community distribution available for free, while UOS is an enterprise focussed distribution maintained by Union Tech. But both of them are Chinese native OS to sweep off Windows from the Chinese market.
Can Linux Capture More Desktop Market Share In China?
Even though the data shows an increase in Linux usage, it seems a long way to go to beat the decade dominated player. It’s also clear from the latest data by StatCounter that displays a desktop computer market of Microsoft’s Windows about a mammoth 86.67% in China, while 9.94% of Apple’s macOS and a mere 0.6% of Linux.
If you even leave the data of a single country and look at the international survey result shared by Ubuntu, a large percentage of Ubuntu users (about 17.4%) even use Windows as their primary OS.
There is no doubt about the dominance of Linux for enterprise servers and supercomputers, but in the desktop market, Linux requires few more years to even match up with Windows.
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