I was looking at webstats trying to find a correlation between use of IE and GNU/Linux. One could argue that there should not be any but some fraction of people not using IE may be using GNU/Linux so there should be some. Here is the data, some from StatCounter for IE v continents and some from NetApplications for GNU/Linux v continents. By plotting IE v GNU/Linux share I get this:
Surprisingly, the data show that the correlation is almost nonexistant but that it’s the wrong way around… The more a region uses IE, the more they use GNU/Linux. In fact, the country with the most Linux-haters on this blog is USA and it is in one of the highest usage groups, North America.
So, we have a puzzle. I like that. The graph shows an obvious Digital Divide. The continent has a much stronger correlation with usage of GNU/Linux.
Looking at these webstats shows an interesting fact, the people of the USA and Europe, the ones who come here most to scold me for advocating using GNU/Linux, are themselves the biggest users of GNU/Linux. I have been preaching to the converted. I should branch out to the growth markets of the south and east.
Note that I don’t trust these numbers for accuracy but they should be internally consistent, hopefully, and useful for showing this effect. Asia and Africa having 3 billion people should tip the scales dramatically.