Linked by David Adams on Mon 16th May 2011 02:30 UTC, submitted by Peter Alguacil
Linux Linux currently powers a majority of the world’s web servers and supercomputers. As a desktop OS, however, Linux has yet to gain mainstream acceptance. That said, there are some countries where people have embraced Linux on the desktop to a greater degree than most.
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by wirespot on Mon 16th May 2011 07:29 UTC
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As much as I'd like to get a clear picture of Linux usage, the current methods of approximation are faulty. Unfortunately, there's simply no way to get any close-to-real data.

StatCounter tracks ~3 million sites out of over 100 million out there (Google estimate of 2 years ago). That's a very small sample. Also, it does not take into account the habits of Linux users and what sites they are more likely to visit. It simply picked some completely random sites and examined their traffic.

It's also rather easy to find data sources that make you strongly doubt the 15 million figure. For example, in 2010 Ubuntu alone was claiming 12 million desktops, and I find it hard to believe they alone account for 80% of the Linux desktops, given the relative popularity of PCLinuxOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Mint and Arch, to name just a few of the more widely used distros.

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