From StatCounter, one can see that the installed base of GNU/Linux systems is quite varied. I suspect the maturity of IT markets and language barriers are factors. I decided to look at English-speaking countries that are well-established IT markets to see how GNU/Linux was doing in this group. Even with that it’s clear there are two groups in this sample: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA. Canada and Australia, for whatever reasons are lagging a bit.
There was a major move in 2012 or so with Google and some other big migrations and a bunch of smaller migrations. The aging of XP systems may have helped. All of the countries showed some movement upwards near the end of 2013 and into 2014. That is consistent with Christmas shopping bringing home some GNU/Linux systems or students diving in over Christmas holidays.
One facet that intrigues me is that USA, which has the most vocal trolls here and is the home of M$, has the largest share of page-views for GNU/Linux. Thanks, Google. Thanks, USA military. Thanks, schools. Thanks, all the rest of you unknown migrants.
At least the trolls have no legs to say that GNU/Linux is the “1%” OS any longer. It looks like a steady climb is inevitable. Several other countries are already there, like Cuba, Venezuela, Uruguay, and parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. M$’s shipments are declining for consumers and GNU/Linux is still growing. That helps a lot. Many components are involved. Individuals still install GNU/Linux because it’s easy and it works. Some retailers offer units for sale with GNU/Linux thanks to Linpus, Canonical, Dell, and others. Some small businesses and quite a few big businesses use GNU/Linux where it works on servers, desktops and thin clients. Quite a few governments and their departments are seeing the advantages that have long been observed on servers can work for them on clients. It’s all good.