Linked by David Adams on Mon 16th May 2011 02:30 UTC, submitted by Peter Alguacil
Linux Linux currently powers a majority of the world’s web servers and supercomputers. As a desktop OS, however, Linux has yet to gain mainstream acceptance. That said, there are some countries where people have embraced Linux on the desktop to a greater degree than most.
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RE: Numeric discrepancy
by reldruh on Mon 16th May 2011 03:35 UTC in reply to "Numeric discrepancy"
reldruh
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2007-02-05

You might want to read those articles again.

By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be fully deployed and in active use.

By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs serving some 52,000,000 students.


52 million students is very different from 52 million installations. They're all in labs which are (hopefully) used by many students each. The article is correct in drawing the only conclusion it can:

...there are at least 15 million active desktop Linux users out there.


Maybe they should have said that the number of acutal users could be much higher due to some of those installations being part of labs but that's not a conclusion the data lets them draw.

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RE[2]: Numeric discrepancy
by lemur2 on Mon 16th May 2011 04:42 in reply to "RE: Numeric discrepancy"
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2007-02-17

Maybe they should have said that the number of acutal users could be much higher due to some of those installations being part of labs but that's not a conclusion the data lets them draw.


The number of desktop Linux users is set to accelerate in BRIC countries and developing nations.

http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2010/12/putin-orders-russian-move...

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9201699/China_OS_makers_part...

http://www.olpcnews.com/

I can't see that it matters much if some of these expanding numbers of users are using the same machine.

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