What do Italy, France, Spain, Germany and USA have in common? They are all huge, modern economies and they’ve all embraced GNU/Linux on the desktop to the tune of 3.*% share of page-views yesterday.
See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Italy from 1 Jan to 21 Apr 2015. There are a bunch of smaller countries with higher shares (Uruguay, 11.37%, Cuba, 5.85%, and Venezuela, 5.81% yesterday) and bigger countries with smaller shares (India, 2.08% yesterday) but these are the epitome of the GNU/Linux desktop today. Some like Germany, Spain and Italy have been in this club for some time but USA and France have recently joined. StatCounter records 147 countries over 1% share. The global average was 2.04% yesterday. The lowest the global share has been in 2015 was 1.37% on 3 January… Sadly, my own country, Canada, is not in this club but even here GNU/Linux has grown to over 2% this quarter from 1.25% a year ago.
In 2015, The Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop, this is the way things are going. Just about everyone is using more GNU/Linux on desktops and in a huge shift, even in the home of those other operating systems. The world can and does make its own software and everyone can use it successfully. It was only a couple of years ago that ~1% was “the standard” by which GNU/Linux share was measured. Then came Android/Linux (1billion devices sold last year) and Chrome OS GNU/Linux (1.3% in USA yesterday). Now OEMs, retailers, organizations large and small and consumers all know that */Linux works for them. The monopoly on the desktop is dead. Even retail shelves have room for other operating systems today. It took a lot of small steps to get where we are today but the runners are all in top gear going downhill towards the finish line today. What the eventual shares will be is still unknown but at the rate of change we see today, GNU/Linux will have a very high share of the desktop.