There are blips and there are blips. This was a huge one. For the month of April there was a gradual ramp-up in share of page-views attributed to GNU/Linux according to StatCounter. For the month of May there was an explosion with wild excursions reaching 7.46% on May 24.
What does it mean?
- Someone subscribed a site to StatCounter’s list that is popular with GNU/Linux users and then dropped it?
- There was a real rollout of GNU/Linux desktops which finally added a firewall/NAT?
- StatCounter couldn’t count for a while?
- ET visited and his ship was fond of StatCounter’s sites and GNU/Linux?
Well, that last one is weak, but I keep trying to understand what could cause such a blip. None of the others work very well either. For one thing, it’s just too large for any of the down to Earth explanations to work. It’s about the right size to be confusion about Android/Linux and GNU/Linux. Their stats for Android/Linux (desktop+mobile+tablet) show 7.36% for May 24… Did they make the same error in Ethiopia? Nope. Why would they misallocate in one country but not in another??! Why would they “fix” the problem in Canada without back-dating the correction? Is the simplest explanation that StatCounter is out to “get” GNU/Linux but messed up? It’s not a statistical fluctuation. What are the odds that a rare event happens 30 days in a row? Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Whatever the explanation GNU/Linux is hanging in there in Canada and Android/Linux is romping away. It’s all good but it could be better.