Kewney: When I sat up at Comdex

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| I can’t imagine too many people fell off their office stools in astonishment
| five years ago when United Linux announced version 1.0 of a “standards-based”
| Linux, as the result of work by SCO, Suse, Turbolinux and Conectiva. What did
| make me sit up was the fact that the announcement was made at Comdex.

A Dozen Years Later

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| Just as titillating, with my 2400 "baud" modem, it took me two hours to
| download all of 1.2's whooping two megabytes. Today, I can download all 43MB
| of 2.6.23 in 15 seconds at almost 3MB/s. As a comparison, it would take two
| days to download a modern kernel with my old modem.

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| Top 10 Operating Systems (Jupitermedia)
| Operating System % of Total Visits
| Windows 90.87%
| Linux 6.14%
| Macintosh 2.70%
| (Not Set) 0.17%

Not a Linux site. Just technology.


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| Novell claimed several months
| back in a video ad that Desktop Linux users accounted for upwards of
| 30,000,000 different people. That's 30 million. Recent statements made by
| some Novell representatives indicate that they expect there are upwards of
| 50,000,000 Desktop Linux users. Microsoft has never contested the number of
| Desktop Linux users, and if anything the deal Microsoft signed with Novell
| was tacit agreement that Microsoft believed those numbers to be accurate.

Linux Users Base More Than doubled Over Last One Year: Survey

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| The number of Linux users has more than doubled over the last one year, says
| a new survey by The survey also said Ubuntu remains their
| Linux distribution of choice. *

Survey: Desktop Linux use grows

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|, which is a Web site devoted to, obviously, desktop Linux,
| has finished a survey that found more than a doubling of Linux desktop users
| in the past year. *