Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:29 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Well, its not official yet, but Microsoft's Windows 7 has now become the most widely used operating system. . . Windows 7 now has a strong 40.21% share of all desktop operating systems around the world whereas, the usage share of Windows XP has slipped to 38.64%. All this happened a couple of days back (in October). The rise in usage of Windows 7 and the drop in usage of Windows XP has been consistent since the time Windows 7 was first launched.
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RE[4]: I don't believe that
by westlake on Tue 18th Oct 2011 02:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I don't believe that"
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I would also concur that the web surfing statistics likely do not reflect the installed based.

iv) The low frequency of encounters of Linux based systems is rather puzzling - maybe the Linux users don't frequent the same sites as the rest of users?

It doesn't matter much whether you look at the webstats from W3Schools, Net Applications, Statcounter or any other recogizable source.

Linux has fallen off the edge of the world.

Its trendline has flatlined.

The reasons are many.

FOSS programs are routinely ported to Windows or begin as native Windows apps.

No iTunes. No Netflix. No games.

No retail presence in the states. alone stocks over 400 flavors of the Windows PC and laptop, none of them high-end product.

There is nothing to be gained by complaining about the methodology used to collect these stats.

Net Applications' clients include Apple, Microsoft, the Moz Foundation, Opera, Red Hat, the New York Times, the WSJ and so on.

From the Net Applications FAQ.

We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of HitsLink Analytics and SharePost clients. The network includes over 40,000 websites, and spans the globe. We ‘count’ unique visitors to our network sites, and only count one unique visit to each network site per day. This is part of our quality control process to prevent fraud, and ensure the most accurate portrayal of Internet usage market share. The data is compiled from approximately 160 million unique visits per month. The information published on is an aggregation of the data from this network of hosted website traffic statistics. In addition, we classify 430+ referral sources identified as search engines. Aggregate traffic referrals from these engines are summarized and reported monthly. The statistics for search engines include both organic and sponsored referrals.

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