A New Game – It’s Out Of This World

For more than a decade we’ve been told that GNU/Linux on the desktop would never happen. Look at this. Since February 18, StatCounter’s share of page-views due to GNU/Linux has been rising about 0.016 percentage points per day, 5.9% share per annum. Who would have thought that possible? Those are global stats…

About the only possible explanations are that Canonical has delivered a Hell of a lot of desktop operating systems to the world in the last few weeks, or StatCounter has gone off the rails somehow… This change could be helped to prominence by a drastic drop in shipments of legacy PCs this quarter. Even then this is a dramatic increase in the fortunes of GNU/Linux on the desktop.

Dell is now shipping XPS 13 at a better price“Sources close to Dell said this Linux-powered model will appear in February and will run Ubuntu 14.04” Appear it did. Perhaps this is every FLOSS developer and smart business-person in the world loading up on a proper PC. No longer is GNU/Linux relegated to a few specialists’ workstations or low end small cheap computers. These are mainstream devices designed for mobile producers.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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17 Responses to A New Game – It’s Out Of This World

  1. LinuxGentlesir says:

    The future looks bright. Here is to the next 10 years of GNU/Linux!!

  2. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser another point of short memory it was not Robert who questioned if web stats had any base in reality. It was me who questioned that.

  3. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser has a down right short memory. Don’t you remember when you use to post Statscounter numbers as correct. Now that Robert is doing the same thing you use to claim that we should give up on the Linux Desktop for the Linux Desktop you now magically have a problem with the quality of the numbers.

    Sorry DrLoser in this arguement you have no real right to claim anything.

    I have no problem with kurkosdr raising those kinds of issue. He has not stupidly used stats in the past.

  4. DrLoser wrote, “you questioned the very assumption that web-stats were based upon any concrete facts at all.”

    Well, we do have to take StatCounter at their word or not… OTOH, they do provide me with data I can’t get from that other source. I’ve seen server-logs. I know how the data may be obtained. There are lots of problems with sorting/filtering/sampling it all. I don’t think there is any way that web-stats can be “correct” without getting unbiased data from every ISP and/or search engine. That isn’t going to happen any way so why insist the stats be correct? Whatever their merits it is interesting and worthwhile to me to watch how they change. Changes could be changes in StatCounter’s methods, changes in their membership, changes in usage around the world, lots of other things. All I know is that change is good and I like to see use of GNU/Linux increasing.

  5. DrLoser says:

    I think web-stats are an indicator of some kind and it’s good to see them respond to things we know are happening in the world like major migrations, OEMs shipping GNU/Linux, governments promoting it…

    In much the same way that, a couple of years ago, you questioned the very assumption that web-stats were based upon any concrete facts at all.

    Congratulations, Robert. Janus has just ceded his throne to you.

  6. kurkosdr wrote, “The last time someone tried to extrapolate future trends by looking at a narrow time period, it did not end well.”

    Aw, come one. For years the trolls were denigrating GNU/Linux’s meagre share. Now that the web stats are growing as fast as the installations used to grow, I’m going to have some fun. I think web-stats are an indicator of some kind and it’s good to see them respond to things we know are happening in the world like major migrations, OEMs shipping GNU/Linux, governments promoting it… You just can’t have flat shares with all that effort taking place. At the same time, Wintel is stumbling, so whatever moves GNU/Linux makes are more visible. I certainly agree it is possible that in Q2 or some other quarter Wintel will strike back but millions are not buying it.

    Despite the good news, it’s still disappointing that the numbers aren’t even larger but, look at it this way, we old guys have nothing but the grave to look forward to if good things don’t happen. Let’s enjoy it.

    On that note, I spent 6h finishing the welding and cutting to make my hoisting frame. I found a design-flaw or two:

    • The weight of the braces shifted the centre of gravity too close to the back edge…
    • One long brace I welded onto the column bent the column even further back making things worse.

    Tomorrow, I will paint it. Perhaps, this weekend, the tractor will finally be assembled. That would be too cool… 😉

  7. DrLoser says:

    Golly, M$ has to make money somehow, they certainly cannot just give away its dogshit for free can they? 50% of revenues is based on licensing of software; think of the stock price!

    I am encouraged by your exhortation, Dougie. Let me consider that excellent recommendation.

    Nope: duly considered. I’m pretty sure that Microsoft is going to be worth tens of billions for the foreseeable future. Mostly because your assertion of revenues is utterly bonkers when it comes to the bog-standard desktop license.

  8. kurkosdr says:

    Ahhhhhh…

    Dear wordpress, you stupid pile-of-php-excrement, I had wrapped my link code in code tags, goddammit!

  9. kurkosdr says:

    “It’s a standard HTML a/href linking system, Kurks.”

    I don’t think so:

    Standard clickable link: title
    The tip at the bottom of the comment box reccomends:

    Unless I have to ignore the helpful tip at the bottom and use proper a href. Ahh… the joys of wordpress. Let’s give it a shot:

    Pogson my friend,

    The last time someone tried to extrapolate future trends by looking at a narrow time period, it did not end well.

    Please stop doing it.

  10. dougman says:

    Re: But it won’t happen.

    Hmmmmm…never say never. Kodak “invented” the digital camera, but chose not to proceed with it, as it would interfere with its film making business. Sometime ago, they went into bankruptcy proceedings.

    But back on subject, Windows did have problems with validation and marking software as non-genuine when in fact it truly was genuine, but where was the out-cry for that?

    Golly, M$ has to make money somehow, they certainly cannot just give away its dogshit for free can they? 50% of revenues is based on licensing of software; think of the stock price!

  11. DrLoser says:

    I never understood why FOSSies almost wish for Microsoft to become worse to their customers.

    I disagree with the Great Cham more often than not, Kurks, but I think the following quote from Dr Johnson may help make these things clear:

    “Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.”

    Quite thought-provoking, that.

  12. DrLoser says:

    The link system is borked, it was supposed to say “it didn’t not end very well”

    It’s a standard HTML a/href linking system, Kurks. I know it’s difficult to cope with the absurd plethora of linking systems across the Internet, but I recommend you do your best. Let’s face it, you couldn’t do much worse than Fifi.

    (It’s a shame you borked the link, really, because I was rather looking forward to following it. Which, again, is more than I can say for Fifi’s links.)

  13. kurkosdr says:

    “Sorry, you may not use this laptop till you pay Microsoft, click the following link to be forwarded to the payment page”

    If this happens, I am switching to Desktop Linux honestly (not Android). The whole “software as a subscription” seems absurd to me. For example, I have paid for my Windows 7[1], why should I pay again if the software covers my needs?

    But it won’t happen. That’s not how the market works. In a market where Google gives Android for free and Macs last a long time, the worst thing Microsoft could do is make users’ computers stop working or cripple features and demand payment for what the users perceive as “a device that’s already been paid for”.

    BTW, the trend is the completele opposite of what you hammie are imagining. Anyone who bought a Windows 7 license in 2009 (that’s 6 years ago), will receive Windows 10. Devices with screens under 9-inch get Windows for free.

    PS: I never understood why FOSSies almost wish for Microsoft to become worse to their customers.

    [1]Video box shots can be made available upon request for doubtful people like DrLoser.

  14. dougman says:

    Considering that Linux is already pervasive on my desktop, phone, kitchen, family room and reading devices. I say Linux has surpassed this metric and we can all go home now.

    M$ can pump out version XX to adinfinitum, but will never be able to clean off its dog food OS. This is why M$ is looking at a subscription model for Windows, and you as the ‘consumer’ will be forced to shell out $$$ every year to use your hardware.

    “Sorry, you may not use this laptop till you pay Microsoft, click the following link to be forwarded to the payment page”

    See, the game is with M$, is getting ‘consumers’ to pay annually and more often instead of at every version that Windows ships. The bottom line would be more profit, as ‘renting’ is ALWAYS more profitable for the ‘owner’ then outright ‘selling’.

  15. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr your link broken. There is a reason why I just paste links in and don’t attempt todo anything creative if you do wordpress likes messing them up.

    http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm internet population
    3,035,749,340

    So a change by 0.1 percent would be 3 million unless something else wrong is going on. Reality this is too huge.

    Who would have thought that possible?
    I kinda did this is still inside what I am expecting from deinfection Superfish due to how long it had been installing without being in Microsoft filters or many anti-viruses.

    There is a good chance it will pass 2 percent even possible 2.5 before it levels off and returns to normal growth speed. This would only be bringing statscounter into align with comscore and other paid for products.

  16. kurkosdr says:

    The link system is borked, it was supposed to say “it didn’t not end very well”

  17. kurkosdr says:

    Pogson my friend,

    The last time someone tried to extrapolate future trends by looking at a narrow time period, it .

    Please stop doing it.

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