Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd May 2009 10:23 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Yes boys and girls, it's Net Applications time. Sure, their figures are flawed, and sure, they're misused all over the non-scientifically educated media, but that doesn't mean they do not indicate trends. One of those trends was a slowly rising popularity of Linux, which hit 0.93% market share in August 2008, only to sink back again during the following months. Well, it's April May 2009 now, and Linux has finally crossed the 1% market share line!
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RE: Actually...
by Liquidator on Sat 2nd May 2009 12:51 UTC in reply to "Actually..."
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If it took 10 years to get 1% market share, how many years will it take to swallow the whole market? ;)

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by WereCatf on Sat 2nd May 2009 13:01 in reply to "RE: Actually..."
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2006-02-15

If it took 10 years to get 1% market share, how many years will it take to swallow the whole market? ;)

With the current growth rate it'd take so long that Linux will not be any relevant anymore.

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by cyclops on Sat 2nd May 2009 23:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Actually..."
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2006-03-12

If it took 10 years to get 1% market share, how many years will it take to swallow the whole market? ;)

With the current growth rate it'd take so long that Linux will not be any relevant anymore.


LOL that is so funny its frightening. The reality is Linux growth is not Linear its exponential, thats not even covering the factors like Linux could shrink to half with a successful Windows 7, or a mythical tipping point could exist, or Android becomes successful...basically predicting the future is tricky...very tricky. It is fun to consider that Microsofts Marketshare continues to shrink:) or that for every 24 people who installed Vista there is 1 that installed Linux.

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by dylansmrjones on Tue 5th May 2009 15:16 in reply to "RE: Actually..."
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2005-10-02

Actually the market share is similar to that of OS X. It's just that this particular service is reknowned for flawed statistics. Not to mention differences between countries. In Denmark we're slow at adopting Linux, yet it is several times higher than that of OS X. Even non-geeks are running Linux.

I used to code, but got tired of it, so now I'm studying as a pedagogue which is a hell of lot funnier (except changing diapers). Anyway, several girls in my class are using Ubuntu, though they can't tell the difference between the off-switch and swizz cheese :p

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