In 2009, I started this blog to track the decline in market share of the Microsoft Windows operating system, Internet Explorer browser product, and MSOffice office suite product. As we approach 2019, we see the platform of the infrastructure as a service cloud emerging as the primary platform, not the computer itself. Microsoft has re-branded itself to care more about Azure and 365 than its mainstay flagship desktop products. At a casual view, this is a win for team Linux. After all, the majority of Azure compute is Linux. With a deeper look, however, vendor lock-in should be a concern of a customer of any public cloud provider. I have long preferred Linode for this reason. Linode has always used KVM to manage their workloads. By being transparent in their choice of a free software virtualization technology it means easy in and easy out. The majority of IT directors who have gone public could have made less free choices. At the time of this writing, Microsoft is second to Amazon. Linode does not have a significant market share. IBM is one to watch with their acquisition hopes of Red Hat, although it only holds 3% of the market.
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