Open Source Ubuntu OS Makes Strides in Emerging Markets

If you live in Europe or the United States, it might be hard to believe that Linux is still a serious contender on desktop PCs. But it is, at least in emerging markets. That’s according to recent comments from Canonical VP of Sales and Business Development Chris Kenyon, who claimed that Ubuntu will ship on 9 percent of PCs worldwide by 2014. Read on for details on this and other surprising updates from the world of desktop Linux.
Kenyon shared the 9 percent marketshare figure during a chat with attendees of the most recent Ubuntu Developer Summit in Copenhagen, according to a report on OMG! Ubuntu. He also mentioned that Ubuntu has been preinstalled on $7.5 billion worth of devices in the previous two years, another impressive figure.
Some of this growth has been in Europe, where Asus in particular has been active selling netbooks powered by Ubuntu. As we reported last month, the OEM recently introduced two new models of Ubuntu PCs to coincide with the Windows 8 release.
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