StatCounter Showed a great growth of GNU/Linux page-views in France a couple of weeks ago. Then there was a great plunge about 11-12-13 June. According to Google Trends, there was a lot of interest in Ubuntu in Paris until then. Are the two facts related? Wait! This disturbance started about April 17, according to StatCounter, the day that Ubuntu GNU/Linux 14.04 was released… That was a LTS (Long Term Support) release. It could be that all the installations in France switched the same few weeks. Why did the page-views drop off suddenly? I don’t have a clue. Did all the new users browse to some Ubuntu-specific site to get counted?
Whatever the causes, it’s clear that Ubuntu GNU/Linux has a lot bigger share than ~1% in France. I think it’s the same in many places but StatCounter and others don’t see all those machines for one reason or another.