Date registered: Jun 2003
Vehicle: 500SEC, ML430, SLK230, S600
Location: Houston, Texas, United States of America
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Toyota sells more cars than Mercedes-Benz. Does that make a Toyota better than a Mercedes-Benz, Jayhawk? The Camry is statistically more popular than the S-Class. Maybe you should rush to trade your S500 in for a Camry.
Microsoft has been successful due to their numerous OEM contracts, which have prevented most other operating systems from gaining any type of traction on the desktop. Most people aren't interested in choosing an operating system when their machine ships with Windows, and Microsoft is fully aware of that.
You posted desktop statistics provided by a single Web analytics firm. However, you have conveniently overlooked the adoption of Linux within the embedded application and server market. Most of the services you take for granted on a daily basis are powered by Linux or another flavor of Unix. In fact, over 60% of Web servers are powered by Apache, which is most commonly used with a *nix operating system. Meanwhile, 74% of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers, including the two most powerful, run Linux.
The most striking piece of irony regarding the statistics you posted, of course, is that they were collected by Hitslink. Most people running Linux either disable or forge that kind of data due to their privacy concerns, which obviously results in a lower perceived market share.
In conclusion, you need to recognize that, while Microsoft certainly dominates the desktop market, their products are used much less frequently for mission critical, high availability, and high performance applications. Your argument isn't unlike saying, "If a Mercedes-Benz is better, then why does everyone seem to like Ford?"