Statistics On GNU/Linux Usage, Wherever We Can Find Them

Blush! A huge porn site has released its figures…
“The numbers for Linux based operating systems are bang-on – 1.7% of Pornhub traffic and 1.7% of desktop penetration as reported by Net Applications in July 2014.

24% of Pornhub’s Linux users are based in the United States, followed closely by 23% in India. As we discovered in a previous section, this likely explains the high search ranks of ‘Indian’ and Indian pornstar ‘Sunny Leone’. The United Kingdom and Germany both account for around 5% of Pornhub’s Linux traffic.”
Assuming Nature is global, this might be meaningful in the search for GNU/Linux usage. Key numbers are 1.7% globally and 24% or so from each of India and USA, putting the lie to the “wisdom” that GNU/Linux plays in small niches. USA is where a lot of GNU/Linux developments take place and India is a country where Dell does sell GNU/Linux SKU’s openly in huge numbers and governments use GNU/Linux.

See OS Battle – Porn by the Platform.

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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12 Responses to Statistics On GNU/Linux Usage, Wherever We Can Find Them

  1. DrLoser wrote, “Nice to see that Robert can poke fun at his preferred OS by quoting porn statistics!”

    It’s not fun at all but serious work. My thesis is that there’s not much bias in the user-base of that site except perhaps sex, age and culture. It might even be unbiased with respect to language! This is a unique opportunity to measure the popularity of GNU/Linux. I am disappointed the numbers are so low but at least its a data-point. I would much prefer Google would supply its data… Search is about the only unbiased site out there except for political interference by governments.

  2. DrLoser says:

    I’ve enjoyed this little discussion. Nice to see that Robert can poke fun at his preferred OS by quoting porn statistics!

    Just for once, it’s a pleasure to swap dubious double-entendres.

    But, then again, some people don’t … quite … get it, do they?

    DrLoser has it all wrong. 1.7% represents the percentage of horny old men that use Linux.

    Not according to Robert’s cite. “1.7%” is the percentage of PornHub traffic.

    I believe this fallacy is called “the law of the excluded middle,” matchrocket.

    Obviously it isn’t *only* horny old men that use Linux, so there is a larger percentage out there that don’t peruse the porn sites.

    To continue with my theme of logical analysis, there is nothing obvious about this assertion at all.

    I happen not to believe it, but I can’t prove it either way.

    And your consequential is, shall we say, just the teeniest bit feeble. How much larger would that percentage be? 0.00000001%? Or 5,000%?

    I fear we may have to research further than used Kleenex tissues in order to get a result on this one, matchbox.

  3. matchrocket says:

    DrLoser has it all wrong. 1.7% represents the percentage of horny old men that use Linux. Obviously it isn’t *only* horny old men that use Linux, so there is a larger percentage out there that don’t peruse the porn sites.

  4. luvr wrote, “stating the obvious, namely that there really are (GNU/)Linux users to be found in the U.S.–just like anywhere else”.

    It’s more than that. There are a lot of them in USA, home of that other OS. GNU/Linux is not just for geeks. It’s not true that the number of geeks has doubled in the last few years. These are ordinary folks using GNU/Linux at home and at work.

  5. luvr says:

    Robert,
    I stand corrected. I didn’t realize that what you were trying to do was just stating the obvious, namely that there really are (GNU/)Linux users to be found in the U.S.–just like anywhere else… 🙂

  6. A Pesky Interloper wrote, “That 1.7% is below the margin of error isn’t it?”

    Certainly not. Those sites have millions of visitors so 1% is hundreds of thousands of visitors. The margin of error (standard deviation) would be in the hundreds. e.g. political polls may be based on as few as 1-2K interviews for 95% confidence. These numbers are probably better than that and the universe of visitors has zero connection to FLOSS or even IT accept that they are users of IT, just what I want. I wish Google and other such services would be as forthcoming.

  7. A Pesky Interloper says:

    That 1.7% is below the margin of error isn’t it? As per usual…
    BTW, are they still mixing in “other” (i.e. older Windows, Amigas and other exotics) together with Linux?

  8. luvr wrote, “You seem to trying to tell us that 24% of the U.S. visitors of the site are doing so while running Linux.”

    That’s not what I wrote. This is what I wrote:“Key numbers are 1.7% globally and 24% or so from each of India and USA, putting the lie to the “wisdom” that GNU/Linux plays in small niches.” TFA which I quoted contained this:“24% of Pornhub’s Linux users are based in the United States, followed closely by 23% in India.”

    I did not mean to imply that 24% of USA uses GNU/Linux on their desktops but that according to this source 24% of all users of GNU/Linux may live in USA. The point is that while some of the most rabid supporters of that other OS and detractors of GNU/Linux come from USA, there are a Hell of a lot of users of GNU/Linux in USA. It’s a kind of “national hypocrisy”, condemning something that widely used. Only in USA, the land of the Free is one condemned for recommending GNU/Linux even though USA is a huge user. e.g. StatCounter showed GNU/Linux on the desktop peaked at around 2.5% share in USA in 2013 and the trend has been steadily increasing. The site is offline at the moment but I seem to recall it’s around 2% these days, similar to some EU countries that love FLOSS.

    StatCounter returned so I generated this chart:

  9. luvr says:

    Robert,
    I’m not sure that I get what you’re trying to prove here.
    You seem to trying to tell us that 24% of the U.S. visitors of the site are doing so while running Linux.
    That is not, however, how I interpret the figures. The way I see it, 1.7% of the global users run Linux, and of this 1.7%, nearly a quarter (meaning some 24%) come from the U.S.
    That, in and of itself, says nothing about the proportion of U.S. users that run Linux, does it? It just tells us which proportion of global Linux users are located in the U.S: just short of a quarter of that 1.7%. In other words, some 0.4% of visitors globally are Linux users form the U.S…

  10. DrLoser says:

    Incidentally, I don’t think that “desktop penetration” was quite les mots justes.
    Let alone physically possible.

  11. DrLoser says:

    So, 1.7% of hopeless couch-bound perverts use a Linux desktop as their medium for, er, “consuming content?”
    Victory!

  12. kurkosdr says:

    *insert comment about neckbeard stereotypes here*

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