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Linux has been with us for a quarter of a century, and the fact it’s still going strong is testament to its lasting appeal. However, the open-source operating system has never quite broken out into the mainstream on desktops, with a market share sticking at around 2 percent.

That small minority of users are passionate about Linux, as evidenced by the number of readers who regularly visit our Linux section. But it’s still a minority, no matter how the figures are presented. Which led us to wonder whether Linux is doomed to remain a niche operating system.

Peak Apple

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from two weeks ago, when we asked, “Do You Think Apple Has Peaked?

Out of a total of 367 votes, 39.5% chose “Yes, but their downfall will take a long time,16.9% chose “No, but they will peak eventually,12% chose “Yes, and they’ll slump fast,11.7% chose “Who cares?!,10.9% chose “Apple’s future is unpredictable,” and 9% chose “No, they’ll keep on growing forever.

The votes are so spread out it’s difficult to draw many conclusions from these results. A slight majority believe Apple has indeed peaked, although the rate of the company’s downfall is still up for debate. It could take years, or it could take decades, but surely nothing lives forever The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History The success of Apple indeed lies with their attitude of "Thinking Differently". While the company may not have always been heralded as a success, their strength over the years has come from great vision and... Read More .

More interesting is the astonishing nine percent of people who believe Apple is invincible, which suggests that fanboys are alive and well Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Recent headlines make us wonder: is Apple finally losing its sheen? Are the fanboys disappearing? Read More , even here on MakeUseOf. And then there are the 11.7 percent who don’t care but chose to vote regardless. Bless ’em.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from withheld, macoszero, and Hildegerd. Comment Of The Week goes to Dave (no relation), who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Do You Think Apple Has Peaked? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Think Apple Has Peaked? [MakeUseOf Poll] People have been predicting the downfall of Apple for as long as there has been an outlet for such thoughts. And yet the Apple wagon keeps on rolling on. Read More :

I believe that Apple has stopped being innovative and is now just tinkering, doing the small stuff, marking time. I stopped buying Apple hardware as a conscious choice based on cost and benefit, and have not regretted that decision, though I continue to use OSX as a hackintosh until what I assume will be an eventual return to Windows when MS gets their act together again. Windows is not as pretty but it’s a better OS IMHO.

I think history will show that Apple was the greatest bubble of all time and after Jobs, their success was based on nothing much more than an ability to dumb-down the technology to attract fashionistas by the million. Case in point: The iPad. Comes in with hype. No keyboard required. next thing, 3rd-party keyboards come into existence to fill the obvious gap: 80% gadgetry and fashion hype, 20% usefulness. Bubble’s already bursting. The Apple watch? Puhlease, it’s just ugly and needs an iPhone to be useful. It’ll appeal to joggers I expect..

We chose this comment because the idea that Apple is in itself a technology bubble is a rather original and intriguing one worth exploring in greater detail. This also comes from someone who formerly bought Apple hardware but has now stopped doing so. Which could be the shape of things to come.

Long Live Linux

Those people who use Linux tend to love Linux 5 Lies Linux-Haters Like To Tell 5 Lies Linux-Haters Like To Tell Linux may have been a scary operating system before, but all of that has changed in recent years. These myths, which are more accurately called lies, are now dead. Read More , and won’t have anything negative said about their operating system of choice. They have formed a cohesive community that is passionate about the product it has chosen to support. If only that community was larger thanks to more people using Linux.

We want to know whether you personally have either switched to Linux 7 Warning Signs That You're Meant to Switch to Linux 7 Warning Signs That You're Meant to Switch to Linux I was a Windows user for years, but was doing things that have taught me I'm a Linux user at heart. Wondering if you're a secret Linux user? Here are the warning signs. Read More or ever considered doing so. If Yes, what operating system did you abandon in favor of Linux? If No, why has Linux never been on your radar? Please answer the question honestly to help us compile usable results.

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you have switched to Linux then let us know why you did so, and which distro you chose The Best Linux Distros for First Time Switchers from Windows and Mac The Best Linux Distros for First Time Switchers from Windows and Mac Linux has an intimidating image, making it seem like it would be difficult to start using it. But the switch from Windows and Mac is actually pretty easy, if you can ease yourself into it. Read More ? If you have never even contemplated switching to Linux, then what prompted that decision?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.

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