Who’s Using, And Not Using, GNU/Linux Desktops

According to StatCounter, the top ten users (average 7%) and users just over 1% of GNU/Linux on the desktop, yesterday, were
USERS
Timor-Leste
Uruguay
Reunion
Comoros
Cuba
Tajikistan
Venezuela
Malta
Czech Republic
Holy See
Share (%)
16.18
9.13
8.65
7.55
6.01
5.44
5.26
5.19
4.34
4.22
Mid-Range USERS
Cameroon
Martinique
Togo
Congo (Republic of the)
Suriname
Indonesia
Panama
Australia
Mozambique
Sudan”
Share (%)
1.06
1.06
1.05
1.05
1.04
1.02
1.02
1.01
1.01
1.01

Well, that’s not quite right. There is an “un-named place” with 87% TOOS and 1.05% share but since they don’t name it, I won’t either. 😉 Also, they don’t list anything but “0” for levels below 1%, but they do exist, 102 of them. So, this is a snapshot of the top of utilizers and the middle, not the bottom. The mid-range usage is interesting. It’s a wide range.

My conclusion? That 127 countries now exceed ~1% usage, I’d say GNU/Linux has a good foothold on the desktop and has plenty of room to move up. That 10 countries exceed 4% gives me optimism that there will be plenty of opportunity for the rest to “catch up”. USA and Canada have reached ~2% so North America is on its way. Two of the top ten are in South America, so that’s covered. Europe has a bunch of governments leaning to FLOSS and many countries exceeding 2%. That leaves Asia and Africa requiring “work”. India is doing well with a lot of GNU/Linux in the workplace. Africa has quite a bit of GNU/Linux in schools.

Five years ago, the top ten were quite different:
USERS
Uruguay
Niue
Cuba
Finland
Central African Republic
Madagascar
Kenya
Belize
Cook Islands
Macedonia
Share (%)
8.21
6.25
5.18
4.39
3.68
3.53
2.88
2.79
2.62
2.56
, pretty well a doubling at both ends today, averaging 4.2% then, so I expect in five years most of the world will be copying today’s leaders and GNU/Linux will have a presence everywhere that cannot be ignored by anyone. That’s true today in half the world at least.

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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4 Responses to Who’s Using, And Not Using, GNU/Linux Desktops

  1. Modular Sunfish says:

    Apparently the GNU Manifesto turned 30 this month.

  2. LinuxGentlesir wrote, “GNU/Linux is winning!!”

    Chuckle. The old guy is kind of nimble. I don’t think I could move like that without frequent rest-stops… 😉

  3. jay says:

    may many more come and increase the stats.
    linux is all I use.

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