It has become fashionable to say it’s always about applications and not the platform when someone chooses in IT. I don’t buy that for a minute, otherwise you would find all OS’s represented fairly on retail shelves. That said, it is interesting to look at platforms used to download software from servers. Sourceforge keeps stats:
- about 59 million times per day someone uses that other OS to download something from Sourceforge.net. VLC is very popular…
- about 3.9 million times per day someone used MacOS to download something, and
- about 3.4 million times per day someone used GNU/Linux to download something.
|shares of “known”||88.94%||5.86%||5.20%|
If, and only if, it is true that it’s only apps that matter, these numbers give us an unbiased measure of the share of platforms: 5.2% GNU/Linux, 5.9% MacOS, and 89% that other OS. It surely means that GNU/Linux prevalence in a large portion of the world exceeds 1%.