Open Benchmarking: More Windows Than Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 29 August 2015 at 09:45 AM EDT. 6 Comments
Earlier this week I posted some statistics about the increasing rate of Linux news and some OS/browser stats for Phoronix. As many readers found it interesting, here's some stats for

While Linux accounts for most visitor traffic to Phoronix at only 39% and then 32% from Windows, to there are actually more Windows visitors than Linux! In looking at the stats year-to-date, 45% of the traffic is from Windows while 36% is from Linux. There's 8% from OS X, 8% from Android, and 3% from iOS.

On the browser side, Chrome is still dominating at 45% and Firefox comes in at 39% followed by Safari at 6% and IE at 5%.

Windows accounting for more traffic than Linux to isn't entirely surprisingly. There's lots of organic search traffic from our ~889k+ test results and statistics/information on millions of different hardware components. Plus lots of the traffic is from corporate users who are running Windows on their desktops but then connecting into their servers / test systems via SSH or Phoromatic to run our open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarks while using to look at our huundreds of test profiles, test suites, or looking for other result files to compare to. While the Phoronix Test Suite is supported on Windows, Solaris, BSD, Hurd, and other platforms, Linux represents by far a majority of the phoronix-test-suite users.

These stats don't account for all of the traffic outside of the web browser with the Phoronix Test Suite clients communicating with for fetching test results, obtaining the test profile meta-data, and all of the other routine interactions between the phoronix-test-suite client and It's through there that bandwidth usage outpaces even web traffic. Heck, one well known company routinely pulls down a lot, upwards of 40GB+ of Linux benchmarking-related data a month that it outpaces my usage or that of most ISPs.

As a reminder, I'm currently developing the next version of to coincide with Phoronix Test Suite 6.0 so if anyone has any user feedback to please let me know ASAP. The search will be much better and restored, the site will become responsive, and there will be a lot of new functionality exposed. The new version will also continue to be licenseable to organizations behind the firewall to complement Phoromatic and our other professional benchmarking services.
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