> Yep, Linux is dead. Long live Linux. And Amiga. And 8-track
> cassettes. And disco.
> Recent statistics released by W3Counter reveal that the market share
> of Windows 98 fell from 1.44 percent to 1.34 percent in August,
> reducing it to the same level of popularity as the open source Linux
> operating system, which saw its market share increase from 1.33 to
> 1.34 in the same period. If the steady downward trend in Windows 98's
> market share continues, the popularity of Linux will soon surpass that
> of Microsoft's outdated, nine-year-old Windows version.
> This is a somewhat empty victory for Linux enthusiasts, who have been
> predicting the imminent arrival of the mythical "year of the Linux
> desktop" for as long as I've been a Linux user. Linux's 1.34 percent
> market share falls far short of the rosy 2008 estimates made by
> Siemens in 2003.
> The W3Counter's statistics, which are based on the web browser user
> agent text of 33 million unique visitors to over 5 thousand web sites,
> also show that Mac OS X (3.73 percent) is still more popular than
> Windows Vista (3.46 percent) and is quickly catching up to Windows
> 2000 (3.94 percent). Within a year, we expect Vista to surpass both of
> these readily.
> Although market share statistics can provide valuable insight into
> software adoption trends, no method of gathering such information is
> completely reliable. One can often get a clearer picture by comparing
> statistics from multiple sources. Net Applications, which also
> provides monthly operating system market share statistics, shows Linux
> at 0.77 percent in August and Windows 98 at 0.98 percent.
That ties in with the BBC's figures of 0.8%. Anecdotal evidence
suggests Linux to be less than 1% on desktops.
> Although the popularity of Linux still doesn't rival that of Mac OS X
> or Windows on the desktop, the open-source operating system is
> accumulating broader industry support, a factor that could potentially
> lead to modest market share increases in the coming months. Dell, HP,
> and Lenovo are all offering Linux preinstalled on desktop or laptop
> systems in select markets, available to end users, and reportedly well-
> configured. We have some coming into the lab for a test, so stay
> How Can Linux Market Share Be Accurately Measured?
> Friday October 26, 2007 12:34PM
> by Caitlyn Martin in Articles
> eWeek ran an article yesterday titled Linux Losing Market Share to
> Windows Server. The article quoted IDC sales figures.
It doesn't need to be accurate. Everyone knows its "around" the 1%
mark (I think less) since just peering over shoulders shows Linux to be
almost no where. If the advocates in COLA stopped telling lies and tried
some real advocacy then maybe this would change.
I was attacked by dselect as a small child and have since avoided
-- Andrew Morton