Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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danieldk
Member since:
2005-11-18

In the European countries I have been (including The Netherlands, where I live), you see far more MacBooks than laptops running Linux. I can't imagine it's any different on old-fashioned desktops.

So, please provide sources if you state percentages. Since, nearly every statistic for Europe shows the opposite. One typical example:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-eu-monthly-201007-201007-bar

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


So, please provide sources if you state percentages. Since, nearly every statistic for Europe shows the opposite.


Again, here are the Linux stats I posted elsewhere in this thread:

Finland 2.67
France 1.93
Spain 1.76
Germany 1.49
Sweden 1.2
Brazil 0.92
USA 0.72
Mexico 0.63

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

gs.statcounter is irrelevant. Like most other statcounters it is highly unreliable. The stats for China is enough to undermine its credibility.

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yfph Member since:
2009-09-03

gs.statcounter is irrelevant. Like most other statcounters it is highly unreliable. The stats for China is enough to undermine its credibility.


Actually, it is well known that WinXP (many copies of which are pirated) rules the roost in China, especially when those Internet cafes are taken into account. All in all, those OS usage stats are hardly surprising.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

gs.statcounter is irrelevant. Like most other statcounters it is highly unreliable. The stats for China is enough to undermine its credibility.


So it is unreliable even though they provide their methodology:
http://gs.statcounter.com/faq#methodology

What are we supposed to use? Your own unsourced data?

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06


So, please provide sources if you state percentages. Since, nearly every statistic for Europe shows the opposite. One typical example:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-eu-monthly-201007-201007-bar


What really surprised me is how tiny is the Linux bar in Asia or Africa. Being those continents supposedly poor (not all of Asia, though) one would expect the opposite.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


What really surprised me is how tiny is the Linux bar in Asia or Africa. Being those continents supposedly poor (not all of Asia, though) one would expect the opposite.

Poor people pirate windows, or don't have a computer.

Linux is favored by technically sophisticated users, which typically are not in the low income slice of the pie.

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