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Pre-installed Linux growing strongly in UK

ITPro reports that pre-installed Linux has arrived on the mass market and is growing rapidly, according to new market research.

Tux - mascot of the Linux kernelFigures from market researcher Context show that, based on sales of PCs shipped with a pre-installed operating system in the UK over the past 18 months through traditional distribution channels, Linux could only claim a 0.1 per cent market share in January 2007. However, Linux’s share had grown steadily to 2.8 per cent of sales last month – a factor of almost 30.

Numerous factors may be responsible: Dell starting to sell Ubuntu laptop and desktop machines, plus the rise of net notebooks and mini-notebooks.

Read the original article at ITPro.

In addition, news of this market research was also carried by The Inquirer and Austria’s Der Standard (in German).

3 Responses to Pre-installed Linux growing strongly in UK

  1. rich August 19, 2008 at 12:18 am #

    More than one in every three new PCs is downgraded from Windows Vista to the older Windows XP and the other two thirds are upgraded to Linux 🙂

  2. Mardhanaya March 16, 2009 at 4:04 am #

    I have posted a complete how-to for the linux newbs at


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