posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 17:47 UTC
IconAh 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.

These statistics are collected using a tool called Mint, which provides easy access to all sorts of statistics and other fun stuff. The tool is quite user-friendly, but I miss more detailed information on what distributions Linux users are using, and it would be nice to get a better breakdown of the "other" category when it comes to operating systems.

These statistics cover the 72 hour period which ended 1600 CET/1400 GMT on January 6, 2012. Why 72 hours? Well, it's the longest time interval I can choose in Mint before I have to hit "all". Ahem.

Of course, the usual disclaimers apply: these statistics are entirely useless unless you want to know what our readership uses. We're a very technically-oriented website, and as such, our statistics reflect that.

Operating system usage

Windows is still our most used operating system, and Windows 7 is our most-used operating system version by a long shot (30% use Windows 7). The second pie breaks down the Windows slice to give you an idea about what versions the Windows users among us are using.

As far as trends go, not a whole lot has changed here the past 10 months. And yes, there's a spelling mistake there ('januari' is Dutch spelling).

Browser usage

In the browser department, Firefox remains the most popular browser, with Chrome in second place. Safari and Internet Explorer follow as distant third and fourth. Mobile Safari registers for the first time (i.e., its share is >1% for the first time). There's no mention anywhere in the statistics of the Android browser, but I think they are lumped into AppleWebKit (Generic), which sits at less than 1%.

It seems like the post-PC revolution the technology world is gushing about incessantly is happening at a truly dizzying speed. Cough.

As far as browser trends go, Chrome's rise at the expense of Firefox continues; the others remain fairly consistent.


The Flash revolution is really happening, and users are uninstalling Flash en masse all over the world. Especially in technology-oriented crowds, like OSNews' readership, virtually everyone is dumping Flash to get rid of the shackles of slow performance and massive security issues and...

Ha, as if. The Flash situation remains unchanged compared to last year: 11% of our readers do not have Flash installed, same as last year (it was 8% back in 2009). In other words, as much as everybody is declaring Flash dead, it doesn't seem to actually be losing a whole lot of ground.

Resolution-wise, little has changed - there's no overly popular resolution.

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