Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 17:47 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ah yes, why not? The last time we did this, it was March 2011, so it's been almost a year since we offered a little insight into what kind of operating systems and browsers you, dear readers, are using. Nothing particularly earth-shattering going on here.
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Pretty darn amazing...
by porcel on Sat 7th Jan 2012 00:16 UTC
porcel
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I am going to focus on the period March 2009-January 2012 which is what the charts show.

In that time frame, Mac OS remains dormant, it went up a couple of percentage points, from 16 to 19% to go down to 18% again.

These numbers need to be seen in the context of the times, that is, Apple has become a household name thanks to the iPod and iPhone and they have what by all accounts seems to be the best marketing and advertising strategy in history. An incredibly well-funded company that does spend in advertising manages to climb up two percentage points in the time frame discussed.

In the meantime, Linux with almost no advertising budget on the desktop whatsoever,it remains a word of mouth OS, manages to climb up four percentage points, which is almost the same percentage Microsoft lost in that time period.

If that isn´t short of amazing, I don´t know what is.

Unlike Tom, I would not dismiss the importance of the findings because they may only reflect the make-up of the OSNEWS readership. Why?

Anybody who has ever read the innovator´s dilemma and who has studied the history of technology will tell you that the OSNews readership is an important one: technically competent people are the drivers of technological change, they set the trends for their friends and families and at their workplace and by and large those people are moving from Windows to Linux with a few being tempted by the apple.

The readership shift from Windows to Linux matches what I have seen at a very large newspaper and publishing group, yet no one seems to talk about it.

Oh well, a quiet revolution is fine by me. Maybe that is the best way to go about it, but the fact that this is happening at all given all the muscle that Microsoft carries with PC OEMs is truly inspiring and quite incredible.

Edited 2012-01-07 00:28 UTC

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