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  • Linux Desktop Marketshare Passes 1%!!

    Hitslink.com just released their april market share stats and linux passed 1% for the first time ever.

    See historical plot at my article here: http://www.berkeleylug.com/?p=43

    Digg the article here: http://digg.com/linux_unix/Linux_Market_Share_Passes_1

  • #2
    It passed 1% by market research companies. It actually passed 1% a long time ago and is actually around 2-4% for the desktop market. MacOS and Linux have about the same market share. The reason why Linux is so much lower is because not all Linux installs hit all the sites that the researchers monitor.

    For example, I have 4 computers, all running Linux. Only 1 of them I use to browse the internet with and another one isn't connected to any network. So, even though I have 4 installs, because only one of them I use to surf the web, I'm counted as having only 1 Linux install.

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    • #3
      Doesn't the same thing probably apply to all the OSes ? The stats don't count Windows or MacOS systems not used for web surfing either.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bridgman View Post
        Doesn't the same thing probably apply to all the OSes ? The stats don't count Windows or MacOS systems not used for web surfing either.
        Ya it does bridgeman but you would be bringing common sense to a linux penetration thread.

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        • #5
          D'oh !!

          Sorry about that.

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          • #6
            I don't disagree. It's just that my personal experience results in different market share About 20% of my real-life friends use Linux.

            Another thing I was thinking about is how many people browse the web from their job? Probably countless (everyone I know does ). Are those "desktop" PCs? I'd rather count them as workstations.

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            • #7
              Watch that number get pummeled down with Win 7 and OS X 10.6 being released in the near future. The fear of upgrading to it is not nearly as great as it was when Vista came out.

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              • #8
                Here it says that Linux has 2% http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                  I don't disagree. It's just that my personal experience results in different market share About 20% of my real-life friends use Linux.

                  Another thing I was thinking about is how many people browse the web from their job? Probably countless (everyone I know does ). Are those "desktop" PCs? I'd rather count them as workstations.
                  How many PC's are also blocked at work from connecting to the internet all together? I know of quite a few companies that block any external net access all together.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                    I don't disagree. It's just that my personal experience results in different market share About 20% of my real-life friends use Linux.
                    Most of my friends have off-road 4x4s and lots of guns, but I don't think I can generalize that to the rest of the population either

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                    • #11
                      Hackintoshes are making HUGE moves in market share. Much much more than any other OS. It's really just a derivative of unix so people are using work done on linux and hacking it up to work with tons of stuff. Ubuntu 9.04 and if Fedora can do a decent Leonidas will take more and more market share. Windows 7 is all hype and sunshine right now. It'll canabilize XP at maybe higher rates than OSx and linux but it'll still be canabilization. Doubt it can beat the march to OSX though. The recession will make large moves in windows market to free software and the more free software people have under windows the more groundwork is layed for people to jump ship.

                      Microsoft just does not have the resources to secure an OS. Compare microsfts dozen guys looking at security loopholes to the thousands of eyes and thousands of minds under linux and it becomes clear that security will keep driving more and more people to linux.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hephasteus View Post
                        Hackintoshes are making HUGE moves in market share. Much much more than any other OS. It's really just a derivative of unix so people are using work done on linux and hacking it up to work with tons of stuff. Ubuntu 9.04 and if Fedora can do a decent Leonidas will take more and more market share. Windows 7 is all hype and sunshine right now. It'll canabilize XP at maybe higher rates than OSx and linux but it'll still be canabilization. Doubt it can beat the march to OSX though. The recession will make large moves in windows market to free software and the more free software people have under windows the more groundwork is layed for people to jump ship.

                        Microsoft just does not have the resources to secure an OS. Compare microsfts dozen guys looking at security loopholes to the thousands of eyes and thousands of minds under linux and it becomes clear that security will keep driving more and more people to linux.
                        Don't forget the HUGE number of machines that can't get through the great firewalls of China and the likes where Windows piracy runs rampant.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                          Watch that number get pummeled down with Win 7 and OS X 10.6 being released in the near future. The fear of upgrading to it is not nearly as great as it was when Vista came out.
                          Yeah, there's huge marketing bull about them and many users will switch for a different wallpaper. It was harder to convince them they need vista, but... It's possible that number will rise when those two marketing children arrive.
                          Last edited by kraftman; 05-07-2009, 03:06 PM.

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                          • #14
                            the linux share wont be largely affected. I dont know of many people who have switched to windows or mac because they release a new OS.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by L33F3R View Post
                              the linux share wont be largely affected. I dont know of many people who have switched to windows or mac because they release a new OS.
                              Yeah and I know people who did opposite :>

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