Ubuntu Global And Chinese Stats

Do the maths. In the last couple of years, about 600 million legacy PCs have shipped globally.“Over 30 million computers preinstalled with Ubuntu have shipped globally in two years and OEM sales of Ubuntu machines are growing in EMEA and South East Asia, while Ubuntu Kylin experiences continued growth.” If Canonical and the market have delivered 30 million with Ubuntu GNU/Linux, that’s 5% of shipments, about the same as MacOS and Apple.

That’s quite an accomplishment and shows GNU/Linux is not dead/dying/insignificant which is what you would gather sniffing around The Linux Foundation and the web. It also explains the recent growth of GNU/Linux web-stats. If Canonical and “partners” can keep this up, web stats should approach ~5% in a few years.

Further, there have been millions of downloads of the new Kylin GNU/Linux based on Ubuntu so growth will likely accelerate.

See Ubuntu 14.10 desktop: security for global users.

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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15 Responses to Ubuntu Global And Chinese Stats

  1. oiaohm says:

    satrain18 unfortunately GPL does not forbid spyware. Ok might have to release the source code of the spyware. Installing Windows in a country like china does not ensure you don’t have spyware here.

  2. satrain18 says:

    Is it me, or is China is going to Violate the GPL license by putting spyware into their Linux distro, like North Korea did with their Red Star OS?

  3. DrLoser wrote, “only one of those two propositions is true.”

    Nope both are true:

    1. Zemlin Feb 2011 (9:30) is not ready to give up on the desktop but accepts M$’s dominance
    2. Desktop workgroup at linuxfoundation.org died about 2009.
      • How is it that desktop */Linux is the only area of use of */Linux that doesn’t have a workgroup? There is a Consumer Electronics group but it’s everything but desktop… It’s like having a wood-workers’ group which deals with everything but building homes… The Core Infrastructure Initiative doesn’t even consider the client OS as a core infrastructure. What’s with that?
  4. DrLoser wrote, “Do you agree with the Linux Foundation that the Gnu/Linux desktop is effectively dead in the water, Robert?”

    Nope. The GNU/Linux desktop is thriving. Canonical reports shipping Ubuntu GNU/Linux on 6% of OEM PCs, for instance. It’s just the large installed base of that other OS that minimizes the impact, but give it a few years. Then there is the Chromebook and other distros. I notice Acer is shipping a lot of GNU/Linux and returned to profitability.

  5. DrLoser says:

    No, I take that back. Both could be true.

    Do you agree with the Linux Foundation that the Gnu/Linux desktop is effectively dead in the water, Robert?

  6. DrLoser says:

    The Linux Foundation is thriving, just not about GNU/Linux desktops.

    Well, I’m going to leave aside the thriving, pulsating, innately groovy nature of an organisation led by marketroids and headed by a man whose coiffure just screams the desire: “in twenty years’ time, I want to look just like Donald Trump!”

    Let’s get back to your earlier and very honest appraisal, Robert.

    … [That] shows GNU/Linux is not dead/dying/insignificant which is what you would gather sniffing around The Linux Foundation…

    I think you have to choose between those two views of The Linux Foundation.

    Is it

    a) “Thriving, just not about GNU/Linux desktops” or
    b) Propagating the mistaken theory that “GNU/Linux is dead/dying/insignificant,” a point of view that one would apparently gather “sniffing around The Linux Foundation.”

    Call me binomial if you wish, but only one of those two propositions is true.

  7. DrLoser wrote, “How in the world is this fascinating man going to support his world-beating hand-woven coiffure without benefit of the completely discredited Linux Foundation?”

    The Linux Foundation is thriving, just not about GNU/Linux desktops. Zemlin has been quoted as saying GNU/Linux will never make it on the desktop and has moved on. He’s just fine with it thriving everywhere else. All this as GNU/Linux on the desktop is making major moves such as it has not since the early 2000s. Munich was conceived around 2003. Extremadura was about the same time. Now, all major OEMs are shipping GNU/Linux units for a reason, people are buying them. The web stats show rapid growth despite the small share but the mindshare is growing. Random people I meet already know about GNU/Linux. It’s not just about geeks any more. TLF used to have a Desktop workgroup but the head of that moved on. Linus, not a Free Software kind of guy, is more enthusiastic about GNU/Linux on the desktop than Zemlin. No matter. Canonical, Linpus, Kylin, etc. and the OEMs will do the job Zemlin doesn’t think he can do.

  8. DrLoser says:

    Incidentally, do you really believe that Jim Zemlin has written a single line of code in his life?

    Because I don’t. As far as I’m concerned, he’s just another worthless piece of garbage hanging off the shirt-tails of a towering genius like Richard Stallman.

  9. DrLoser says:

    Whoah, Robert, wait up there, baby! (I am a child of the Sixties.)

    That’s quite an accomplishment and shows GNU/Linux is not dead/dying/insignificant which is what you would gather sniffing around The Linux Foundation…

    Say it ain’t so, Pog!

    Why, if these people let slip the corner of the curtain and allow reality to enter their otherwise hermeneutic little world … what will become of them?

    Goodness me. They might have to turn to Dougie’s example, and sell snake-oil on the doorstep using semi-articulated threats of uninformed horrors to come, if only, Mrs Doe, you don’t sign here please in triplicate don’t bother yourself with the checkbox at the bottom did you know That Miracle Fraudulinux is Guaranteed to make your Teenage Daughter’s Spots Vanish please note you didn’t tick that checkbox …

    My heart positively bleeds for Jim Zemlin. Or possibly my shell shocks.

    How in the world is this fascinating man going to support his world-beating hand-woven coiffure without benefit of the completely discredited Linux Foundation?

  10. dougman says:

    When Ubuntu finally comes out with their phone that drops in a dock, that rolls out a desktop for users then we might have something. Ubuntu is great to a degree, but Mint is more popular.

  11. Deaf Spy wrote, “References, Pogson, references.”

    OK, in Deaf Spy’s country, StatCounter shows for desktop OS, this:

    You have to dig a bit to find that in StatCounter. Select your country and do the download of CSV… “Other”, in the CSV file is ~0.05%. GNU/Linux OTOH is growing rapidly.

  12. Deaf Spy says:

    Unless you mean that people with Linux in my country never browse the Internet. 🙂

  13. Deaf Spy says:

    No need to prove that. Just as most systems produced with that other OS don’t get installed with GNU/Linux, most owners don’t change the OS.

    You are mostly wrong, Mr. Pogson. The mere comparison between sales and usage, reported on the Internet, is the proof.

    In my country, laptops without OS (FreeDOS) or Linux were on sale massively at the lower end of the market. However, the internet stats reported Linux among “Other”. This year the local manager of Acer reported that Linux is giving way to 8.1 with Bing.

    References, Pogson, references.

  14. kurkosdr wrote, “how can you prove those Ubuntu systems didn’t got wiped by their owners and had Windows 8.1 Pirate Edition installed? “

    No need to prove that. Just as most systems produced with that other OS don’t get installed with GNU/Linux, most owners don’t change the OS.

    Date Linux (%)  
    2012-07 0.21  
    2012-08 0.18  
    2012-09 0.16  
    2012-10 0.15  
    2012-11 0.17  
    2012-12 0.15  
    2013-01 0.18  
    2013-02 0.19  
    2013-03 0.23  
    2013-04 0.23  
    2013-05 0.21  
    2013-06 0.26  
    2013-07 0.55  
    2013-08 0.57  
    2013-09 0.43  
    2013-10 0.44  
    2013-11 0.45  
    2013-12 0.45  
    2014-01 0.37  
    2014-02 0.33  
    2014-03 0.46  

    As you can see, the web stats do show GNU/Linux growing rapidly in China. I have not included more recent data because StatCounter made some change at that point. They were including mobile OS up until 2014-04.

  15. kurkosdr says:

    Again, how can you prove those Ubuntu systems didn’t got wiped by their owners and had Windows 8.1 Pirate Edition installed?

    Web stats are more reliable. It measures what kind of OSes people that are online run.

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