Wikimedia Traffic Analysis: GNU/Linux Taking Off

Check out their report for September: That other OS only 49.52%, Linux 10.92%. That last item includes Android/Linux which is 8.50%, so GNU/Linux nets 2.42%. Yes!

see Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report – Operating Systems.

That’s not exactly wonderful and I believe the unit share of GNU/Linux is much higher than that for several reasons. However, the growth of share is spectacular:

month share growth per month
June 1.62% 16% per month
July 2.07% 28% per month
August 2.59% 25% per month
September 2.42% -6.5% per month

Some GNU/Linux units are selling or being installed. It could be Ubuntu GNU/Linux or Chromebooks. “Linux Other” is huge compared to Ubuntu GNU/Linux, 1.94% versus 0.45%. “Other” sounds like ChromeOS, too new to be in the scripts yet.

So, the FUD that Chromebooks are not selling is false. They must be selling at a huge rate to impact the stats so sharply.

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13 Responses to Wikimedia Traffic Analysis: GNU/Linux Taking Off

  1. dougman says:

    What did the fatman sing? People don’t use Linux on PCs.

    LOL, I guess all these desktop ISOs are a figment of my imagination then?

    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-10/01/french-national-police

    Seems Lenovo and HP got the memo, shame you never will.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2053860/lenovo-shows-android-laptop-in-leaked-user-manuals.html

    Also, going one step forward, Steam will supplant XBOX in time.

    http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/linux-and-open-source/steam-box-will-bring-linux-to-the-masses/

  2. oiaohm says:

    bw Samsung is less than 50 percent of the Android market. Sorry others that are applying are doing quite well.

    bw you should get the message fairly soon we don’t define a PC OS the same way you do.

  3. bw says:

    */Linux is on its way to be the most popular OS on the planet

    lol
    You keep making statements about “GNU/Linux” which no one ever thinks about and then do the shuffle to “*/Linux” which really isn’t Linux at all in the usual sense, being Samsung’s answer to Apple. Others need not apply.

    Then you run off and count everything under the sun except the revenues from selling these products as products. You count page-views, HPC computers, websites, and maybe grains of sand on the beach, but none of that represents success or even general acceptance of Linux as a PC OS. You should be getting the message any day now.

  4. bw repeats, ” In the server business, Linux has eaten a big chunk out of the Unix business although nowhere near as big a chunk as Windows has grabbed. As a client OS, Linux has failed miserably.”

    */Linux is on its way to be the most popular OS on the planet:

    • 95% of HPC
    • 75% of all active websites
    • */Linux was 64% of mobile operating systems and 30% of all personal computing operating systems
    • GNU/Linux is on 100 million PCs (StatCounter
    • Even in USA, home of M$, GNU/Linux showed 2.5% share of page-views in May. Scale that over 1500million PCs globally, and there’s 37million PCs using GNU/Linux. I think the correct number is over 100 million. That’s a lot.
    • GNU/Linux showed 3.2% in Germany in July. Of course the web stats are faulty for a number of reasons but assuming they do what they do consistently, they are showing huge rates of growth, ~100% per annum. Uruguay shows 13% with over 100% per annum growth…

    So, GNU/Linux and Android/Linux are doing absolutely wonderfully despite bw’s FUD.

  5. bw says:

    As far as I know, GNU/Linux is succeeding beyond most people’s wildest imaginations

    St. Mathew said it best, I think: “Blessed are those with very low expectations: for they are easily satisfied.”

    With people like Stallman guiding the flagship, it is certainly a wild success to obtain any following at all, so I can understand your glee. In the server business, Linux has eaten a big chunk out of the Unix business although nowhere near as big a chunk as Windows has grabbed. As a client OS, Linux has failed miserably.

    The GNU part has failed everywhere and there is essentially zero recognition of even its definition outside of Nerdville. Participation in the Stallman personality cult kills any credibility an advocate might have in arguing the cost effectiveness and usability of Linux.

  6. Someone really messed up wrote, “libertarian open source succeeded where communist GNU failed.”

    As far as I know, GNU/Linux is succeeding beyond most people’s wildest imaginations. Not only is GNU/Linux holding share, it’s increasing share at the same time that the total number of client devices is exploding. Linus is a true “open-sourcerer” and he likes GNU/Linux, uses it all the time. He could use FreeBSD or whatever but he chose GNU/Linux in the old days and sticks with it today when he could easily choose something else. e.g., he could run a FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, or Android/Linux environment with a Linux kernel. Linus is very practical and GNU/Linux works for him.

  7. oiaohm says:

    Yes GNU/Linux and Android/Linux does in fact become important on Android platforms as well since you can embed and ship gnu libc for use in particular parts of your application.

    The tag has it usage IGnatius T Foobar.

  8. oiaohm says:

    IGnatius T Foobar the Platform type/kernel type pre-dates Richard Stallman. It starts with BSD/something.

    In fact it was required on some old Unix’s because they had more than 1 libc. GNU BSD and their own. Of course each libc could have unique bugs.

    Simple reality you keep on claiming its a Richard Stallman thing. In fact is a Unix thing pre-dating Richard Stallman that Richard Stallman has not let die. That existed for a very practical reason. Bug reports.

  9. Correction: Linux is taking off. There is no such thing as GNU/Linux except in the imagination of Richard Stallman, who is still butthurt over the fact that libertarian open source succeeded where communist GNU failed.

  10. Mats Hagglund says:

    Another month giving Gnu/Linux about 3,5% in pc=

    (10,92-8,50)/70,5 x 100

    August the market share was 3,65%. The growth seems to have started during the summer.

  11. oiaohm says:

    bw legacy effect. There are a huge volume of existing ipads out there to be defeated.

    Remember iphone and ipad started first. It all makes sense when you read the over all totals sold.

  12. bw says:

    Now this begins to shed some light on things. At least the many, many smartphones and tablets are making a showing whereas the StatCounter and such statistics do not show this sort of thing.

    Wiki-X are sort of egghead sites, so the results need to be considered accordingly, I think. The numbers probably do not exactly compare to the general population which is likely less cerebral than the Wikipedia traffic.

    What is strange here is that the totals for iPad and iPhone so overwhelm the totals for Android in spite of the general belief that Android has a larger share of new device sales. Any excuse for that come to mind?

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