What do I make of this? For such large swings it can only mean some large organization was tweaking their operating systems. It looks to me that a bunch of GNU/Linux and “8” systems were acquired and some “7” systems were retired or replaced with XP… The bottom line is that in one month that other OS lost a couple of percents and GNU/Linux doubled to ~2.8%. Who could it be?
- Perhaps Dell pushed some Latitudes into schools,
- Maybe a few more school divisions have migrated to GNU/Linux, or
- Maybe, OLPC is having some success in Canada.
UPDATE I did another selection over a longer time-span. It appears to show a roll-out of GNU/Linux a month ago followed by another this month. Notice the heartbeat in XP and the serious decline of “7”. I think M$ is losing a big customer.