Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Feb 2009 13:42 UTC
Apple Whenever we're talking market share and Macs, it'll inevitably get late. There are different means of measuring market share, and different ways to interpret the resulting data, usually leading to heated debates about who is right and who isn't. Ars decided to take a look at the different methods of measurement and see what they mean.
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RE: Net applications sucks
by spiderman on Tue 24th Feb 2009 15:40 UTC in reply to "Net applications sucks"
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If I'm not mistaken, net applications only monitors web sites in english. Is that right?
Most linux browsers hide their user agent or report wrong informations.
So what kind of trend does it report? how many english speacking people upgraded their browser, how many of them compiled it with another user agent, or how many people became paranoid enough to hide their user agent?
Many people use linux because they want security and many people just won't let net applications know which system they are running.
Moreover, it all depends on how many web sites people visit with their machine. Plus, there are many people using a linux NAT but their browser is on a Windows machine.
So what kind of market are you measuring? Linux is free, it is not in the market, at all. I multiboot 5 different linux distros and I have a linux router, does it count as 5 linux installs, 1 linux user or 2 linux machines?

I believe the real question is, what purpose those number serve? If this is some kind of market analysys for software vendors to port their software to different OSes, there is really no point. It's a no brainer. Just make your code portable and get all the market, no matter how it is shared.

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