Growth of Linux Visiting Wikipedia

Linux

  • February 2011 – 2.47%
  • February 2010 – 1.65%

Change = +.82% Rate of growth = +50%

That Other OS

  • February 2011 – 81.96%
  • February 2010 – 86.95%

Change = 5% Rate of growth = 5.7%

That’s with “7” being out there. That’s with a lock on retail shelves for desktops and notebooks in many places. That’s with en.Wikipedia being much more popular in North America and Europe where M$ is popular. That’s with a lock on business…

Much of the recent growth of Linux has been Android/Linux which is mostly on smart phones but, unless you believe that users of smart phones have pressing needs to visit Wikipedia when they are mobile, something else is happening here. We are seeing Android on tablets and notebooks etc.

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12 Responses to Growth of Linux Visiting Wikipedia

  1. I caught the reading bug from my parents, My father could never resist a travelling encyclopaedia salesman’s presentation. He bought three. I inherited those and bought two more. Then came the web and my eyes now need “zoom” which hard-copy lacks …

  2. Richard Chapman says:

    I have fond memories of my encyclopedia Britannica when I was a kid. I used to take two of them; place a sheet of wax paper on top of one; put a ball of hamburger meat on top of the wax paper; place another sheet of wax paper on top of the meat; place the second EB on top of the whole thing and sit on it for about 30 seconds. It made a perfectly round hamburger about 6″ across and about 3/16″ thick. I called them Britannica Burgers.

  3. Chuckle…. I own several hard-copy encyclopaedia. One just went moldy in a box in the basement… I haven’t cracked a cover in years. Computers are so much faster for creating, finding, modifying and presenting information. Why burden computers with that other OS and slowing down, re-re-rebooting, malware, phoning home?

  4. Brian Page says:

    Jake: that was awesome!

    “Windows users … use conventional encyclopedias”

    Is that because their computers crashed, or because MS Encarta sucked so hard MS euthanized it?

  5. Yonah wrote:“It’s important to remember that no one does anything for free even if money is not on the table”

    I disagree with that. A lot happens just for the heck of it. Remember the 80-20 rule. If 20% of people do 80% of things then what are the 80% of people doing? A lot of it is just wasted time/opportunity/whatever. Don’t discount apathy. The people who write software are not just in the 20%. They are in the top few % of driven people. They just don’t feel right sitting around doing nothing. Hence software happens. It’s an addiction in a way. If you’re not writing software you feel bad, but writing software does not necessarily make you feel good. It’s just what you must do for being you.

  6. Yonah says:

    “Yochai Benkler has been called ‘the leading intellectual of the information age.'”

    So what? Fans of McDonald’s call Ronald McDonald the greatest clown of all time. I call Yochai a guy who’s badly in need of a shave. I’m always wary of a man who puts his ideological conquests ahead of his own grooming habits.

    It’s important to remember that no one does anything for free even if money is not on the table. Many who invest a lot of time editing Wikipeidia are primarily motivated by the need to boost their own ego and self-importance, leading to problems. (i.e. Old Man Murray)

    Projects that are built from free labor are nice to have, but can’t stand alone. Some people donate their time to build a house. Others build houses for a living. NEITHER is morally superior to the other.

  7. Amen. Wikipedia is to general knowledge what FLOSS is to computer science. For about a generation many thousands have been working to produce software that people can freely use. For about a decade, millions have been working to document as much as possible of human knowledge. Folks who think secrecy has merit are missing the big picture.

  8. linux_works4me says:

    Jake the Snake is an apostle of an economics which will lead the western world to economic doom.

    Firstly, listen and learn a few things at the TED talks website (ted.com). Watch this particular episode:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/yochai_benkler_on_the_new_open_source_economics.html

    Description: Yochai Benkler has been called “the leading intellectual of the information age.” He proposes that volunteer-based projects such as Wikipedia and Linux are the next stage of human organization…

    Then, explain why MicroSnob’s Encarta (which fits Jake’s definition of “traditional” encyclopedia) is a bag of trash no one uses.

    Either you’re a over the hill librarian defending your last stand at being comfortably employed to ‘pirate’ physical book or you’ve NEVER actually had the ability to independently get information from a web source without your mother warning you of the ‘dangers’ of the web.

    Wikipedia is the number one, by such an enormous margin, unbiased collection of facts ever made by humankind, period, full stop.

    Just look up any mathematical concept, say this one:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilbert_spaces
    and just tell me where Wikipedia would be in second place. No other online encyclopedia has forced itself to publish so many references to back up the published facts it presents.

  9. Richard Chapman says:

    #1 and #2. Well Jake, you must not be a Windows user. Such a statement as your #2 is beyond absurd. Hey, if Windows users are so smart as you say, why do they let their Windows machines get infected so much?

    I think you’re just grasping at anything, anything no matter how ridiculous, that just might make your beloved Microsoft look good. You are trying too hard.

  10. Let’s see what 50% CAGR does:
    2011 1.50%
    2012 2.25%
    2013 3.38%
    2014 5.06%
    2015 7.59%
    2016 11.39%
    2017 17.09%
    2018 25.63%
    2019 38.44%
    2020 57.67%
    2021 86.50%

  11. Jake the Rake says:

    2 Things:

    1) 50% is not a lot when you start with < 2 % total hits, that's just laughable.

    2) Perhaps it reflects that Windows users are realizing how invalid and useless most of what is up on Wikipedia really is. After all, anyone including a monkey can post to Wikipedia. Windows users are a little smarter and use conventional encyclopedias since it's actually compiled by educated unbiased sources.

  12. Ray says:

    “Much of the recent growth of Linux has been Android/Linux which is mostly on smart phones but, unless you believe that users of smart phones have pressing needs to visit Wikipedia when they are mobile, something else is happening here”

    Hey, I do!

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