Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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gotta love statistics
by pixel8r on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 03:23 UTC
pixel8r
Member since:
2007-08-11

say only 5% of linux users used net apps...

what if only 50% of windows users used net apps?

its food for thought yes, but conclusions of how good an OS is based on stats like this are just silly.

I think people think that just because lots of people dont use linux, that our linux desktop is all of a sudden less usable than we found it yesterday.

until linux adoption starts declining, there is no problem. linux doesn't have marketing as so many have pointed out - so it'll only ever grow slowly. there will be no massive increase. Plus, at the moment, it still requires above-average computer skills to use it effectively.

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RE: gotta love statistics
by GODhack on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 13:01 in reply to "gotta love statistics"
GODhack Member since:
2008-05-16

That doe not matter much tracking 160 000 000!!! is even more idiotic time and money wasting.
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Statistics are like cake they are super-good (almost future knowing sometimes) if professional made them and interpreted them deeply understanding how he can be totally wrong because everything is based on probability theory.
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Here we see pure opposite. All possible big mistakes in statistics are done.

Edited 2009-02-03 13:05 UTC

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