Flying Finns Fuel GNU/Linux Desktop In 2015

The Finns have long used a high percentage of GNU/Linux desktops like many European countries.See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Finland from 1 Mar to 6 May 2015 That all changed last month when StatCounter began to record huge spikes in share of page-views one or two days each week. This strange pattern continues. It’s a huge change. Average share of page-views for GNU/Linux in March was 2.73% but in April it changed to 5.43% while the non-spiked days remained nearly constant at around 2.7%. The average share of page-views for the last 30 days was 5.93%. The highest day in April was April 24 at 15.73%. All the spikes occurred weekdays.

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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5 Responses to Flying Finns Fuel GNU/Linux Desktop In 2015

  1. Lynoure Braakman says:

    Similar spikes in http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-browser_version-FI-daily-20150101-20150509 too. Looks like an anomaly to me, and indeed they do not say about tracking unique users only. I wonder what happened to totals of hits during those times.

  2. oiaohm wrote, “its interesting that OS X is not being effected.”

    That would be consistent with my theory that it’s the schools if the schools don’t use much MacOS. It’s possible that schools are “dual-booting” TOOS and GNU/Linux but I’ve rarely seen that.

    Digging deeper, I found that Chrome Browser shows upticks when FireFox and IE are down together, so perhaps it’s a rollout of ChromeBooks. Perhaps there’s a different UserAgent string so StatCounter sees GNU/Linux and not ChromeOS. Still, it’s strange to see this behaviour only in Finland. Google Trends describes Chromebooks as breaking out in Finland.

    Perhaps M$ got the message. They just closed their last store in Finland

  3. oiaohm says:

    What ever is going on here its interesting that OS X is not being effected.

    Yes you see windows 8.1 interacting with Windows 7 then Linux interacting with both. Exactly what is going on who knows. Interesting things also include the fact Linux is running above Windows 8 and Windows XP values as well in Finland.

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