According to the latest information, the Linux operating system has grown, despite being at a slow pace. On the other hand, the popular Microsoft system is still the most used platform worldwide, but in some countries it is beginning to be replaced by open-source.
In China, for example, Linux-based operating systems are beginning to gain an important share of the ground. It is estimated that, in the Asian country, Linux distributions can replace Windows within 3 to 10 years.
According to the most recent data published by NetMarketShare, the Windows operating system has lost some customers to other systems, such as macOS and Linux distributions.
In the period between March 2020 and April 2020, all versions of the Microsoft system had a 2% drop in the desktop market share. In turn, in this segment, Linux distributions increased their participation by 1.51%. Apple's macOS also increased its share by 0.81%.
Linux could replace Windows in China in 3 to 10 years
Open-source operating systems are considered to be the best alternative to replace the popular Windows in the Chinese market.
The Asian country has its own Linux-based distribution, UOS (Unity Operating System), which is developed by Union Tech, the same team as Deepin. Thus, UOS will be the most viable alternative to Windows in China and that will lead users to change their operating system.
But of wake up with Liu Wenhuan, Managing Director of Union Tech, the development of a Linux alternative to Windows can take up to 10 years. Wenhuan says that:
It will take at least 3, 5 or even 10 years for us to be able to compete with foreign operating systems.
Although progress is slower than desired, Union Tech is already in negotiations with local companies in order to make the next devices already compatible with the UOS operating system, based on Linux. In addition, Chinese authorities expect Windows to be replaced on at least 30% of equipment used by the government.
For now, according to the most recent figures from StatCounter, 86.67% of computers in China use Windows and 9.94% work on macOS. The Linux system is only present in 0.9% of machines.
Thus, a plan and path is set in China to achieve the goal of defeating the leadership of Microsoft's operating system, and making Linux distributions as the main platforms on computers in the Asian country.