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  • Linux Web Usage Almost Doubled, Now At ~2%?

    Phoronix: Linux Web Usage Almost Doubled, Now At ~2%?

    A new report out from a major Internet advertising firm has shown the number of Linux devices almost doubling in the last quarter of 2013 and putting the Linux usage on the web at just under 2%...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYxMDM

  • #2
    Must be Valve. The main thing that kept me and a lot of other people on Windows was games. Now with humble bundle, SteamOS and Kickstarter developers are starting to really pay attention to Linux.

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    • #3
      must be win8

      i think the real reason is windows 8

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      • #4
        I didn't get it. Is this because of Chrome OS, or is it an actual increase in number of Linux users minus the Chrome OS ones?

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        • #5
          It's probably a combination of Steam, PRISM-breaking, and Windows 8.

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          • #6
            Well, StatCounter disagrees and lists Linux at 1.15%, down from 1.30% from June 2013.

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            • #7
              This headline is hilarious.

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              • #8
                Well..

                - over 50% of mobile (tablet/phone) market is dominated by Linux (android, sailfish, kindle os, maemo, meego)
                - almost 100% of low end tablet market is dominated by Linux
                - huge amount of smart watch/tv market is dominated by Linux

                => 2%

                Ok.

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                • #9
                  As there is no accurate way to tell the actual market share based on user agent alone, I have issues believing these numbers since

                  A) There are several different services doing this, using a limited selection on different sites.
                  B) People may be disabling requests/scripts to prevent tracking from advertising firms.
                  C) Some people spoof the user agent by default.

                  As for a guess for if they were accurate, I personally would guess because of Google and its partners' Chromebook success.

                  Steam would most likely has nothing to do with an increase in GNU/Linux usage, as the vast majority of its users would stick with Windows, as they already know how to use it and that's where the vast majority of games already are.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                    Well, StatCounter disagrees and lists Linux at 1.15%, down from 1.30% from June 2013.
                    StatCounter "stats" are crap. Seriously.

                    Explain WinXP last October here:

                    http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-DE-monthly-201302-201401

                    Why do I have Android here:
                    http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-eu-monthly-201302-201401
                    but again not here:
                    http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-DE-monthly-201302-201401

                    What accounts for the rising 10% "other" in both cases?

                    Tell me about Win 7 last spring here:
                    http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-US-monthly-201302-201401

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                    • #11
                      Statcounter and all the similar sites with similar M.O.'s are biased in so many ways as to be practically entirely worthless.

                      What they do is they have a handful of business associates, and they measure pagehits on the servers of said business associates. There's an inherent sampling bias in their results, and then they also overrepresent USA/Europe and underrepresent poorer countries.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tuxee View Post
                        Because you're using it wrong:
                        http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-o...-201302-201401
                        http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-o...-201302-201401
                        You have to deselect consoles and tablets first to get desktop statistics, otherwise you get Android results as well.

                        As for your other questions, limited sample size, I guess?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                          Because you're using it wrong:
                          http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-o...-201302-201401
                          http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-o...-201302-201401
                          You have to deselect consoles and tablets first to get desktop statistics, otherwise you get Android results as well.

                          As for your other questions, limited sample size, I guess?
                          Limited sample size? With the US and Germany? Could be. But then a 0,15% drop doesn't indicate anything.

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                          • #14
                            i like this!

                            the stupid title, chrome os and linux. linux foundation needs to force google to put linux name in this OS. fuck you google

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Andrecorreia View Post
                              the stupid title, chrome os and linux. linux foundation needs to force google to put linux name in this OS. fuck you google
                              Is ChromeOS actually Linux? Yes, it uses the Linux kernel but that's not what people refer to when they say Linux. By Linux they usually mean GNU/Linux and ChromeOS is not a GNU/Linux OS.

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