Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 17:47 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ah yes, why not? The last time we did this, it was March 2011, so it's been almost a year since we offered a little insight into what kind of operating systems and browsers you, dear readers, are using. Nothing particularly earth-shattering going on here.
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Pretty darn amazing...
by porcel on Sat 7th Jan 2012 00:16 UTC
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I am going to focus on the period March 2009-January 2012 which is what the charts show.

In that time frame, Mac OS remains dormant, it went up a couple of percentage points, from 16 to 19% to go down to 18% again.

These numbers need to be seen in the context of the times, that is, Apple has become a household name thanks to the iPod and iPhone and they have what by all accounts seems to be the best marketing and advertising strategy in history. An incredibly well-funded company that does spend in advertising manages to climb up two percentage points in the time frame discussed.

In the meantime, Linux with almost no advertising budget on the desktop whatsoever,it remains a word of mouth OS, manages to climb up four percentage points, which is almost the same percentage Microsoft lost in that time period.

If that isn´t short of amazing, I don´t know what is.

Unlike Tom, I would not dismiss the importance of the findings because they may only reflect the make-up of the OSNEWS readership. Why?

Anybody who has ever read the innovator´s dilemma and who has studied the history of technology will tell you that the OSNews readership is an important one: technically competent people are the drivers of technological change, they set the trends for their friends and families and at their workplace and by and large those people are moving from Windows to Linux with a few being tempted by the apple.

The readership shift from Windows to Linux matches what I have seen at a very large newspaper and publishing group, yet no one seems to talk about it.

Oh well, a quiet revolution is fine by me. Maybe that is the best way to go about it, but the fact that this is happening at all given all the muscle that Microsoft carries with PC OEMs is truly inspiring and quite incredible.

Edited 2012-01-07 00:28 UTC

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RE: Pretty darn amazing...
by laffer1 on Sat 7th Jan 2012 00:40 in reply to "Pretty darn amazing..."
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No advertising budget? What about all those free ubuntu CDs they gave out for years?

I agree that apple has done more advertising than the Linux community, but there are several commercial players in the Linux space. Saying they have no budget is silly.

I'd also argue that apple has spent little to prop up Mac OS X or Mac computers in recent years. Most of their ads are focused on iPhone, iPod, iPad and iTunes.

I really wish someone would come out full force for linux on the desktop. I'm a BSD guy, but even I can see the benefits of getting people off windows.

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RE[2]: Pretty darn amazing...
by Neolander on Sat 7th Jan 2012 07:38 in reply to "RE: Pretty darn amazing..."
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Well, considering that you are forced by law to buy a Mac if you want to develop stuff for iOS...

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RE: Pretty darn amazing...
by mightshade on Sat 7th Jan 2012 03:32 in reply to "Pretty darn amazing..."
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If that isn´t short of amazing, I don´t know what is.

Two/four percent are almost nothing, and may also just be random noise. I'd say, when the changes in usage exceed 10% it gets interesting.

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RE: Pretty darn amazing...
by BeamishBoy on Sat 7th Jan 2012 03:45 in reply to "Pretty darn amazing..."
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I don't mean to be rude but this post displays such strange views about statistics that I'm finding it hard to figure out if you're being sarcastic.

The basic fact is that without access to the raw traffic data (as well as broader industry data by which some context can be gained), nothing of any substance can be said about operating system trends.

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RE: Pretty darn amazing...
by ricegf on Sat 7th Jan 2012 12:49 in reply to "Pretty darn amazing..."
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Linux usage expanded by almost 50% in 2011 alone, using statistics just as meaningless as Thom's.


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