One main advantage of Linux is that because users can modify the code directly (as they encounter problems or have new ideas on how to improve it), the development cycle is significantly shorter, allowing it to be adapted and customized for new technologies and approaches. Linux claims that this demand-side learning will oust traditional Microsoft software. However, Linux has disadvantages too. Most importantly, it comes from behind in terms of market share (installed base). Because the value of an operating system depends critically on the number of users, Microsoft’s software has an advantage. Clearly, a larger installed base implies that there will be stronger direct and indirect network effects and this will enhance the value of the operating system to current and potential users.
In this week’s case study, you will be investigating current hardware and software trends and how Linux and Microsoft have adapted to them. Major focus should be given to mobile systems and how cloud computing has effected this. Two of the references given in this week’s assignment will help get you started in your research.
In this step, you need to find out the questions of “what” and “how” of Linux and Windows’ competition. Start with reading what has been written about it. In your reading assignment this week, two of the references deal with that competition:
Using these as a start and to give you an overview of the issues, then look into Android and cloud computing and how that has effected them. These articles, along with others you will find in your research and on the Web, should allow you to answer the “how” and “why” of the situation and their actions in handling it.
STEP 2: Write the Study
complete a 3–5 page report on your research. Include the sections listed below as needed.
Don’t forget to proof and fact-check your case study. If you are using quotes from sources or data from an unreliable source, you should attempt to find a better source, or remove them. This is sometimes called “establishing rigor.” Make sure your case study is credible, transferable, verifiable, and dependable.
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