Global Increase In Usage Of Desktop GNU/Linux, February 2015

Yep. I’ve checked StatCounter for global changes related to the changes recently seen in Canada, India, Italy, etc. and it’s happening on a global scale. If this trend continues 2015 will be the year of the GNU/Linux desktop. Check it out. For the last two weeks StatCounter’s GNU/Linux desktop share has been growing 0.02 percentage points per day, 7 percentage points per annum, more growth in one year than we’ve seen in the last 20. Partly that’s due to the anemic showing of that other OS on legacy PCs. This growth has always been there but it’s no longer hidden in the immense growth of the installed base and GNU/Linux now has salesmen in every big OEM and many retailers. It’s all good. 😉

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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14 Responses to Global Increase In Usage Of Desktop GNU/Linux, February 2015

  1. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser Microsoft being hostile is a matter of public record. Its not paranoia when based on documented facts. Some call this rational-paranoia that is technically incorrect.

    Basically argueing at this point paranoia is incorrect. If Robert is in fact has paranoia the treatment would be to present documentation to prove that the believe is baseless.

    Vigilance is rational and Paranoia is irrational. You could attempt to argue that Robert is being overly vigilant.

  2. DrLoser says:

    It’s not paranoia if “they” are out to get us and M$ certainly is.

    Oh, but it most certainly is paranoia if you have spent the best part of ten or more years inoculating yourself against “their” software, and yet you still seem to spend a noticeably large part of your life fulminating against “them,” Robert.

    Page 1013 from Websters, 1913, seems to sum the matter up admirably:

    Par`a*noi”a (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. .] (Med.) Mental derangement; insanity.

    One interesting little fact about paranoids, Robert, is that they tend to assume that they are part of a vaguely specified group — as you did, when you accused Microsoft of being “against us.”

    Apparently, it’s never enough to be personally paranoid: it’s absolutely vital to believe that there are other similarly paranoid people to give you moral support.

    How nice to know that you have Fifi, at least, on your side.

  3. kurkosdr wrote, “I am never going to understand why FOSSies are so obssesed about market share. Can’t they just enjoy their Linux desktops without worrying?”

    I’m not worrying. I’m celebrating the triumph of FLOSS over the darkness. Why are non-FLOSSies so intent on claiming GNU/Linux has ~1% share? They spread that lie to claim FLOSS is not loved. I’ve known that was a lie for a decade. GNU/Linux has grown in popularity all that time but only lately have the webstats risen much.

    M$ published their template, Effective Evangelism

    “Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analysts’ report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them).”

    It’s not paranoia if “they” are out to get us and M$ certainly is. We must fight back or be enslaved.

  4. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr
    Maybe FOSSies think that if Linux manages to get double-digit percentages, industry support will come.
    You like to say this is bogus. The reality is the number of developers from Intel and other Major companies for Linux is partly linked to market share.

    Which is bogus. Hardware manufacturers and software publishers only support a platform if it makes them money.
    This is wrong ish. Linux does make Intel money. Level of support Linux gets from Intel is linked the the amount of market share Linux holds or will possible hold in the future. Size of market share effects the amount of money Intel can make from their hardware.

    Market Share indirectly equals Money.

    Which is also bogus, because even if Linux “wins”, some company will release a distro laced with valued-added proprietary software, which would save in proprietary formats, converting Linux into vector of spreading proprietary formats.
    Bogus rant. Governments are demanding documented formats. Even Microsoft is forced to document there next generation MS Office formats. The future does not include proprietary formats.

    For example, the lock-in Google has on Android users with Hangouts, Play Store, Play Music and Play Movies
    Lets go nuts with bull crap.

    Play Music and Play Movies is available by chrome as extentions.
    Google Play Movies for Chrome
    Google Play Music for Chrome
    These two extensions also work in chromuim. They also work in the chrome browser of IOS. For Music there is also the Google Music Manager application.

    Hangouts also has a chrome application. Google Play store other than thens android applications that one kind make no sense to offer on other platforms everything else of the Google Play store is open to most other platform.

    kurkosdr so everything bar the android applications will work fine from iOS or a Ubuntu Phone. Why they have chrome. Only platform really being picked on is Windows Phone. Chromuim is in fact open source. Microsoft could in fact port it themselves. Apple helped port Chromuim to OSi.

    Sorry your lock-in claim what Google has done is really the worst attempt at vendor lock-in possible.

    The no coverer claim limited. The music you can straight download because google uses a watermarking system on music. So yes you can download the music and use what ever player you like.

    Google Play Movies being able to download these for offline playback is harder. Not major problem for Ubuntu Phone when it has android emulator and you can run the android application.

    Windows Phone has some major problems. kurkosdr please stop thinking that the Linux phones will have the same problems.

    You should have said Windows Phone and Firefox phone even then its iffy. Play Music is full operate-able by any decent browser. So Google Play Music should have never been included.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    I am never going to understand why FOSSies are so obssesed about market share. Can’t they just enjoy their Linux desktops without worrying?

    Mac users, in the days before the Intel switcheroo, were using a platform with low market share too. But you never saw this desire to evangelize their platform and attempts to “convert” people. In fact, they had this attitude of “we are awesome, we are an elite club, in fact if you don’t fit the mac culture, you should not be in”.

    Maybe FOSSies think that if Linux manages to get double-digit percentages, industry support will come. Which is bogus. Hardware manufacturers and software publishers only support a platform if it makes them money. For example, Android makes money for hardware companies but not for software companies, so it has good driver support but the software support is meh, despite it’s 80% marketshare. Also, the Mac platform had solid software support even during it’s darkest times, because making Mac software made the publishers money.

    Maybe FOSSies think that if Linux “wins”, coworkers will stop sending them files in annoying formats like WMV, WMA and DOCX, and everybody would stop using Exchange. Which is also bogus, because even if Linux “wins”, some company will release a distro laced with valued-added proprietary software, which would save in proprietary formats, converting Linux into vector of spreading proprietary formats.

    For example, the lock-in Google has on Android users with Hangouts, Play Store, Play Music and Play Movies is much stronger than Microsft could ever have via proprietary formats and Exchange, because there is no “converter” you can build to move anything purchased in there to another ecosystem (say Ubuntu Phone or Windows Phone). Ah, the joys of the “open-source” Android OS (read previous paragraph again).

  6. Someone wrote, ” There is no such thing as “GNU/Linux””.

    Huh. I would have sworn I was running GNU/Linux on this computer…
    uname -a
    Linux htpc 3.14-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.14.15-2 (2014-08-09) x86_64 GNU/Linux

    Yes. There it is right from my kernel on Debian GNU/Linux. It runs. Therefor, it exists.

  7. luvr says:

    IGnatius T Foobar keeps ignoring some good advice from wise men way smarter than me: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”
    QED.

  8. The title of this blog should properly read “Global Increase In Usage Of Desktop Linux.” There is no such thing as “GNU/Linux” except in the imagination of FSF freetards.

  9. DrLoser wrote, “there’s no possible reason to assume “a more rapid rate of growth since then.””

    Of course there is. We have the webstats before and after Christmas. There was a big jump at Christmas, presumably Christmas presents, and an increased rate of increase of GNU/Linux webstats from Christmas and again last week, perhaps further influx to retail shelves, migrations etc.

  10. DrLoser says:

    I think a lot of units were sold at Christmas which resulted in a more rapid rate of growth since then.

    Well, this is rather sad, Robert. I was prepared to accept your limited understanding of binomial distributions and stochastic models … but, as a Physicist, you should probably have a better understanding of the difference between a discontinuous function and a continuous function.

    It’s quite possible to have a discontinuous jump between, say, 1% and 2%, and then to stay at the new “fitness plateau.” (And indeed that alone would be very impressive.)

    But there’s no possible reason to assume “a more rapid rate of growth since then.”

    On what ineffable imponderables do you base this distinctly unusual prediction of “a more rapid rate of growth since Christmas?”

    I don’t know about your family and circle of acquaintances, Robert. But for the rest of us, the period after Christmas is one of retrenchment, not of gay abandon in the wonderful thin client marketplace.

  11. DrLoser says:

    Never fear, though. On the basis of that graph, 2015 might just be the year in which the Linux desktop catches up to Windows Vista in page views. Only 1% behind!

    Break out the Pinatas and let’s Party Like It’s 1992!

  12. DrLoser says:

    If this trend continues 2015 will be the year of the GNU/Linux desktop.

    And if it doesn’t, Robert, it won’t.

    Got a realistic target? Because, and I don’t want to depress you, seven per cent per annum is wildly unrealistic.

  13. Linuser wrote, “It seems that there was a break in a gradual growth”.

    Yes, indeed. It seems OEMs have been trying out GNU/Linux in just a few markets but now they are expanding. I think a lot of units were sold at Christmas which resulted in a more rapid rate of growth since then. Now we have a new outbreak of GNU/Linux desktops in many countries. It’s all good. The “positive feedback” that M$ claimed was their right is now shared by many thanks to the return of competition to the PC market unlike any we’ve seen since the 1980s. It’s been a long time coming back.

  14. Linuser says:

    In Linux growth data, which catches my attention is the stagnation before Christmas. It seems that there was a break in a gradual growth, …

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