Before and After the Filter

Some more data from NetApplications for March:

OS share (%)

OS CA CA – Google Google USA USA-CA
TOS 70.10 76.25 19.06 84.25 86.05
MacOS 20.55 22.77 2.16 14.03 13.29
GNU/Linux 9.35 0.97 78.78 1.72 0.65

Google=Mountain View + Sunnyvale

This shows again the extreme bias NetApplications has to business-use of OS. Google, a mere 10K people in a small region of California, changes the stats markedly throughout USA, from 0.65% excluding California to 1.72% including California. It is no wonder that NetApplications shows too high values for that other OS when business-usage is weighted so heavily. It’s just not believable that 2/3 of the usage of GNU/Linux on client PCs in USA is 10K employees of Google. There are school divisions in USA with 5000 PCs using GNU/Linux. Indiana has tens of thousands of PCs running GNU/Linux in schools. They are not being counted.

Indiana, According to Net Applications

Windows 89.37%
Mac 10.00%
Linux 0.62%

If one drills down a bit and combines with Google Trends, one can find some hotspots in Indiana, but nothing like California:

Indiana Hot Spots for GNU/Linux, According to Net Applications

West LaFayette 1.26%
Columbus 2.87%

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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2 Responses to Before and After the Filter

  1. It’s clear there is a bias to business use of operating systems. They are sampling during working hours or accepting connections only from business’ domains. Their stats reflect lock-in of business not global usage. Why else are 10K Googlers more important than millions of users of GNU/Linux in the USA? Wikipedia does not have that bias and they show 5 times as many */Linux connections.

  2. Viktor says:

    What’s “TOS”? Is it “Star Trek: The Original Series”? I didn’t know you had access to a 23rd century OS. Didn’t know Windows was that advanced.

    By the way: have you considered asking NetApplications why there is such an anomaly? Anyway, if CA is the only anomaly, then everything’s all right in the world. It’s an exception to the rule, but the rule — laughable market share of Linux — remains intact.

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