The Whole Story

StatCounter is a reasonable source of webstats, flawed as they are, but it’s graphics hides what I am most interested in, change. To fix that I have redrawn their graphic for the last few weeks in USA with more than the “top 7” (arbitrary, eh?) with a logarithmic scale. The result is more informative:

  • most operating systems are rather static, except,
  • MacOS is declining,
  • GNU/Linux is declining,
  • XP is actually increasing, if you can believe that,
  • ChromeOS is rising, slowly, and
  • 8.1 is rising sharply

Of course, I expect 8.1 to rise sharply as people update with a free ($free but tedious?) upgrade and some consumers will buy what they find on retail shelves, but why is XP rising? Who would bother with that old thing except consumers who actually hate “8”ish operating systems? I would recommend they switch to GNU/Linux, but that is not happening. StatCounter shows mobile OS gets about 16% of page-views, so the Android/Linux share is way off. They show Android/Linux gets about 38% of mobile OS page-views… Why is Android/Linux showing ~1.5% of operating systems page-views instead of 38% of 16% = 6%?! If they are excluding “mobile” from “OS” why to they include Android and iOS there at all? That’s a puzzle… 🙁 Perhaps they think we are mathematically challenged. Perhaps they are not telling the whole story.

In Uruguay, the whole story is that GNU/Linux is (almost) the only OS growing, 2.5% in this time-frame. Well, the “8”s did grow about the same amount… I like that story better.

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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