The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
IDC Says Linux Will Pass Mac OS Market Share By 2005, Possibly End Of 2003

IDC Says Linux Will Pass Mac OS Market Share By 2005, Possibly End Of 2003

by , 3:15 PM EST, December 19th, 2002

In an article about iSync at ZDNet, we noticed a quote from IDC concerning Apple's market share. While the overall point of the article was to deal with iSync and Microsoft's own data syncing efforts, the battle for market share also entered the story. Apple's slipping market share was mentioned, along with the supporting quote from IDC that we think you will find interesting. From ZDNet:

IDC estimates that the market share for Mac OS dropped to 3.1 percent in 2001 from 4.6 percent two years earlier. Windows, in contrast, has more than 90 percent market share.

"Certainly by...2005, possibly by the end of 2003, Linux will pass Mac OS as the No. 2 operating environment," said IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky.

You can find the full article at ZDNet's Web site.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Linux surpassing the Mac OS? Surely Linux will continue to gain users as time marches on. There are many Windows users out there who have grown discontent with Microsoft's buggy software and onerous licensing, and this is especially true in the corporate environment. While some will Switch to the Mac OS, others will switch to Linux. But Linux overtaking the Mac OS for the #2 slot? We think we'll add this to the Apple Death Knell Counter, for posterity's sake, of course.

What do you think, will Linux take over the #2 spot? Join us in the TMO forums to discuss the issue.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated July 20th

Tue, 12:29 PM
Hackers Leak ‘Humana’ Data of Over 6,000 Patients
Tue, 12:21 PM
Adobe Fresco Updates With Non-Destructive Adjustment Layers
Tue, 11:30 AM
Square Launches Banking, Loans, and Checking for Merchants
Tue, 10:52 AM
Jason Sudeikis on *That* Sweatshirt Supporting Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka
Tue, 10:18 AM
MacKeeper Works to Regain Mac Users' Trust
Tue, 9:39 AM
Apple Employees Send New Letter Demanding Changes to Return to Office Policy
Tue, 9:13 AM
DuckDuckGo Launches Free Email Protection Service
Mon, 5:02 PM
Apple Releases watchOS 7.6, Bringing ECG App to Series 4 in More Places
Mon, 4:47 PM
Apple TV+: Lyrics For 'The Shadow' From Central Park
Mon, 4:38 PM
The Next Play For Apple TV+ - Live Sports
Mon, 3:33 PM
So What’s Up With This NSO Group Pegasus Thing Anyway?
Mon, 2:00 PM
Apple Releases iOS 14.7 to Support MagSafe Battery Pack
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Daily Observations
  • TMO on Twitter!