If we suppose for a moment that Statcounter’s data, above, represents share of installed base of PCs, you can see a steady growth of share at the same time that India as an emerging economy is ramping up numbers of PCs in a big way.
India’s internet (2012)
|2%||Number of rural Indians using the internet|
|25%||Growth in Indian internet users in India over the past 12 months.|
|59%||Number of Indians who only access the internet via mobile devices|
So, GNU/Linux is growing share in a market that’s growing installed base by 10% per annum currently. In 2012, 11 million PCs were sold in India. In 2006, the number was 5.4 million, a doubling in just 7 years. That’s hundreds of thousands of legacy PCs per annum installed with GNU/Linux and installations are growing 10% per annum or more. Meanwhile tens of millions of small cheap computers running Android/Linux are being bought by an emerging market in India. To the extent that the middle-class continues to grow, India is set for explosive growth of FLOSS for years to come.