They buy Hardware and use what's preinstalled. And that's why Valve is making Steam machines.
Is why google has android and chromebooks.
And ubuntu is going to be phones/tablets which should boost awareness and also it comes already preinstalled in system76 laptops, Alienware X51 and Dell and HP are expanding Ubuntu Retail Presence in China.
That said only folding is keeping me from making Linux my everyday desktop.
System76 is small beans, they've been making ubuntu machines for years, it hasn't caused a huge success for the Linux desktop and will not likely influence things much further. Dell is offering ubuntu-based computers on China markets only (plus one single developer laptop for other markets, hidden away in their online store where you have to know about it to find it). Apart from the chinese, these Ubuntu machines aren't very likely to make a huge impact.And ubuntu is going to be phones/tablets which should boost awareness and also it comes already preinstalled in system76 laptops, Alienware X51 and Dell and HP are expanding Ubuntu Retail Presence in China.
Well the good news is I had the survey pop up today...
Anyhow. Yeah I don't expect Linux numbers to be above 2% until steambox's hit with SteamOS installed before we see >10% and even then it may take a while but with steambox's being a reality i can imagine 30-40% usage in a few years. It may never happen but a penguin lover can dream right?
Edit: Newbie is probably the wrong word - what i mean is someone content with their system, who doesn't want to constantly tinker with it just for the hell of it. General user, i guess, rather than a tinkerer like many people on phoronix or other enthusiast sites.
I just experienced yesterday the opposite of what many of you complain about. My linux desktp was dead for 4 months and I was playing torchlight 2 and DOTA 2 on my laptop on windows and I was never asked to take the HW survey. I finaly had a duh moment and bought a replacement graphics card from amazon for my desktop. I installed it and I'm now back on a linux desktop using steam.
As soon as I updated steam on my linux desktop and logged in I got the HW survey.