posted by cyclops on Sun 2nd Dec 2007 23:13
Conversations I'm beginning to believe I am imagining the whole thing, but has Linux' Market share dropped by about half today http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=10 figures certainly seem to have changed dramatically...and are *backdated*.

Although having checked Links like these I'm tempted to say something is going on.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070903-linux-marketshare-set...
anyone any idea why such a dramatic change in figures has occurred.
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Comment by cyclops
by cyclops on Mon 3rd Dec 2007 00:48 UTC
cyclops
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2006-03-12

"We have applied filtering technology to eliminate sites and visitors that would skew the data with automated or unrepresentative traffic generation. We have removed the skewing data from the historical reports. "

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/

LOL, nice one.

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Comment by stestagg
by stestagg on Wed 5th Dec 2007 21:31 UTC
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2006-06-03

I notice that market share use javascript based logging to track visitors. They also seem to have 'forgotten' to inclde in their marketing material that users with javascript disbaled will therefore not be counted.

It may be presumptuous of me, but I think that linux users are more likely to disable javascript than windows users.

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RE: Comment by stestagg
by cyclops on Wed 5th Dec 2007 22:35 in reply to "Comment by stestagg"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

There are lots or reasons why Linux *Users* are difficult to track, and they have been explained in the forums...this is different. They are *deliberately* cherry picking sites that reflect what they think the statistics should be.

The timing I hope is coincidental which was the post fedora/ubuntu releases that would have moved Linux up the chart past certain Microsoft OS's on what already is heavily swayed in Microsofts Direction.

This is a disgrace.

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RE: Comment by stestagg
by google_ninja on Fri 7th Dec 2007 02:36 in reply to "Comment by stestagg"
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2006-02-05

I don't understand why anyone would disable javascript (fear of asynchronous postbacks?), unless they frequent shady sites where there is a good chance of malicious scripts being employed, or they use a browser that will happily execute arbitrary code if you ask it right (like ie). You are in far more danger from installing plugins without reading the source code then from unpatched remote code execution exploits with javascript. Not only would linux users be more inclined to understand this, but they are in even less danger, as there is next to no chance the exploit would try and run linux code.

It is like changing your user-agent string, because you don't want people to know what OS you are using. Or disabling cookies, for fear of the strings that sites can hax0r onto your computer. Pure paranoia.

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RE[2]: Comment by stestagg
by stestagg on Fri 7th Dec 2007 05:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by stestagg"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Oh I don't do it, I just know that some people do it, however little it helps security

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