Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2009 19:37 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Recently we've had a couple of articles and discussions on OSNews about browser statistics. Every now and then someone in the comments will ask what OSNews statitstics are like, and what browsers and operating systems our readers are running. Well, recently we installed a fancy new web site analytics program, Mint. I figured I might as well put it to good use by showing some of the browser and platform statistics we've gathered over the past month.
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RE[2]: Work
by note_verbale on Fri 20th Mar 2009 21:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Work"
note_verbale
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2009-03-20

When I am at work, I am compelled to use Microsoft and Internet Exploder. At home, I am free to use Linux. I will check the osnews site from work on break using Microsoft, but in my heart I am using Linux. So, even though when I get home and I check in using Linux, I still have the stain of having used Microsoft for probably half of my visits to your site.

Would it be possible to factor *my* Microsoft/IE hits to be Linux/Firefox ones? Let's say I average 1 per day - that's 200 per year. After all, if I had a choice, I would have used Linux over Microsoft.

Would that make a difference in the stats? If more of the so-called Microsoft users were like me - using it because we are obliged to at work - would that make a difference?

After all, you are presenting your results to advertisers. I don't want them getting the wrong idea about my computing choices and interests and then making marketing decisions based on that. Just because I use Microsoft half of the time I surf to osnews does not mean I am interested in anything that would pertain to voluntary Microsoft users. I would still be much, much more interested in and likely respond to OSS/Linux related items than in Microsoft ones. However, the stats to not reflect this. Both Microsoft and FLOSS providers may incorrectly choose to either target or avoid me as a result.

To prove the point, this is typed on a laptop that I bought from a Linux-only vendor, in Linux of course. I specifically looked for a provider who offered Linux as a choice, and discounted ones who did not offer Linux or made it difficult to select Linux. Had those latter advertisers thought that my Microsoft-based hits on osnews indicated that I was a potential customer, they were misled. I even researched my choice at lunch times from work, using Microsoft. Taken at face value, that would have seemed to be a contradictory scenario. In the context of my work usage, however, it does make sense.

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RE[3]: Work
by Beta on Sat 21st Mar 2009 10:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Work"
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2005-07-06

Would it be possible to factor *my* Microsoft/IE hits to be Linux/Firefox ones? Let's say I average 1 per day - that's 200 per year. After all, if I had a choice, I would have used Linux over Microsoft.


You can do that, change your useragent to Firefox on Linux ;)
(interesting twist huh?)

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