Data From Canonical…

“The change over the last three years is staggering,” Kenyon says. “We will pre-load well over 10 million PCs with Ubuntu this year and we are more than doubling users every year in India and China.”

Still think desktop GNU/Linux is not happening? Languishing at 1%? Nope. If Ubuntu is being shipped on 2% of new PCs and it’s only one of many distros shipping on new PCs and users can install GNU/Linux easily and businesses, educational institutions and governments are deploying GNU/Linux in bunches, GNU/Linux’s share of the desktop is much larger.

Fedora, RedHat, Suse, Debian GNU/Linux are being taken up at a serious rate and there are language/culture specific distros all around the world meeting specific needs. Distrowatch shows many more hits per day for distros other than Ubuntu. Canonical’s data ignores ARMed stuff.

see Desktop Linux: the final frontier

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3 Responses to Data From Canonical…

  1. Jake says:

    Lion – I think the reality is actually the opposite of what you believe. All the ubuntu netbook users I know bought something that was shipped with windoze 7 and like me, wiped the disk and converted the pee cee into a full blown linux system. (and these are of course being counted as microsoft sales, and not linux sales, since I downloaded the natty iso from canonical)

  2. Very few users of PCs ever install an OS. I even know people who buy another PC when that other OS fails, which it does frequently. They just think the PC is broken. Besides, with freight and cost to repair, a new box may actually be cheaper. Where I worked last year, out of 40 PCs existing half were not working and two were already boxed to be shipped out. Freight was $3/pound, each way.

  3. Lion says:

    This may be true, but many, if not most of them, simply wipe out the Ubuntu installation and install a pirated Windows copy…

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