“WebSideStory, Inc., the world’s leading provider of outsourced e-business intelligence services, today reported that despite much hype and expectation in recent years, Linux has failed to gain market share from Microsoft and Apple operating systems. As of December 17, 2001, Linux held a global usage share of only 0.24 percent, according to WebSideStory’s StatMarket. This compares with Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s Macintosh operating systems, which hold a combined global usage share of more than 98 percent. For almost three years, Linux usage share has fluctuated between .2 and .3 percent, with no substantial growth. Usage share is the percentage of Internet surfers that are using a particular operating system.” Read the rest of the press release.For comparison’s sake, here are the OSNews OS statistics, for December 14th (which was a ‘normal’ day) and today’s stats (however do not forget that since December 17th we have been constintently linked by most MacOS-related sites because of Scot Hacker’s ‘Tales of a BeOS Refugee’ article we host – resulted in a 300,000+ page views in two days time!). Statistically, we have observed that while OSNews attracts ‘power users’ and people who are interested the alternative OS offerings, Windows-surfed OSNews readers do outnumber the rest of our readers, but not by the large margins StatMarket claims.