Latest OS market share figures

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  1. Cerxes

    Cerxes Registered Member

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    Market share regarding their use as desktop OS:

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    Source: Net Applications

    /C.
     
  2. Kerodo

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    No surprise there. That's about what I would expect.
     
  3. dw426

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    I might get lynched being in a Unix forum, lol, but I just have to say that Linux just isn't ready yet. There's still too much proprietary crap going on for it to really get on its feet. I wish it wasn't that way and I wasn't a gamer, Linux is a good OS.
     
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    Time for you to get outa Dodge.;) :D
     
  5. Pedro

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    Yeah, the telephone fits just fine in there.

    BTW, why the Unix forum?
     
  6. dw426

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    The truth hurts sometimes, lol.
     
  7. ronjor

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    Linux is ready for those that want to use Linux. Macs are ready for those that want to use Macs. Windows is ready for those that want to use Windows.

    There is room for everybody here.

    What is not wanted is bashing wars for any reason. Live and let live.

    Bashing threads will not survive in any forum at Wilders.
     
  8. Longboard

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    I gotta get one of those "Misc" OS'es
    Must be good with increased share like that

    Any link ??
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    If you're talking to me, I don't recall bashing Linux, I simply said it's not quite ready. What I mean by that is that you still cannot easily switch to Linux from Windows and have all your hardware work perfectly, nor do some websites work correctly due to small differences in codecs, plugin implementation (for instance, some sounds on a few game sites I tested do not work properly, you get repeats of the same sound over and over. Hard to explain).

    That's not Linuxes' fault and I won't ever say it is. It's the fault of web developers and hardware/software vendors.
     
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    That is a very concise explanation of what you meant to say. Thanks.

    Being familiar with all three operating systems, I've found there are various "glitches" with all of them.
     
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    You're welcome :)
     
  14. Cerxes

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    I guess OpenSolaris stands for most of that increase under the "Misc" category.

    @Ron: If you were addressing me, my intention wasn't to start a bashing thread, simply show some cold facts of the reality and maybe have some inputs regarding why the dispersion still remains even if Gnu/Linux now have been around for several years as a working desktop alternative. Besides the usual whining about missing codecs, drivers etc, what's missing?

    /C.
     
  15. dw426

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    I don't think he meant anybody but me, I kinda went to typing without consulting my brain first ;)
     
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    Who compiled this table? How can anyone possibly count Linux users when there is no license involved? I've tried dozens of Linux distros. How does anyone tell if I'm one user or dozens?

    Anyone who thinks Linux isn't gaining on Windows has their head in the sand.
     
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    Hmm so iPhone and Playstation are used as desktop OSes are they ?

    I suspect they are browser stats and not true desktop stats, but I bet the general trend is true with Windows Vs the rest.
     
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    surely all you can do is count the amount of downloads and how many people update there systems. but that would mean the distros i test in virtual machines are also counted.
     
  19. Cerxes

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    Yes, that's correct, the tracks are based on 160 million visitors to their hosted websites. Besides iPhone, Playstation, Wii and similar, I presume the rest are used as desktop OS's.

    Getting exact figures is impossible, but it gives a good indication regarding the presumed market share.

    /C.
     
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    Whoa the iPhone already got Half of Linux's market share.
     
  21. Pedro

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    The problem with including telephones and game console users is, do you think they don't use a computer?

    I don't think the stats are particularly wrong - if i remember well what i read on the site some time ago - but i think people constantly misuse them.
     
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    Hello,

    I didn't know that Mac was so much ahead of Linux regarding market share.
    Mac is a great OS, I do not question that, but to my eyes Mac and Linux could be judged equal.

    As for the playstation being used as a desktop OS, I know that my brother does use it like that : he has a browser, can read DVD/BlueRay/DivX movies, listen MP3s, download games demo and play them, play games online, voice chat with friends with or without any game started, etc... I do not think he represents the majority of playstation's owners, but this console can be used for desktop use.

    Regards,
    gkweb.

    EDIT : to reply to Pedro, he does use a computer too sometimes.
     
  23. Pedro

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    And he is, i guess, part of that 5% users that don't use the computer as the main desktop :D
     
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    Took the words right outta my mouth.
    Well I was a little surprised as I thought the gap had closed on MS a bit, certainly feels like that as I come across many a Unix based os, mmm.
     
  25. iceni60

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    for the past few years i've found linux to be perfect for me and have thought it could go downhill if it gets more popular - things like more malware. so, i'm probably one of a very few who likes the look of that market share lol.
     
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