​U.S. Government data shows */Linux Operating Growing On Web Clients

“Linux usage remains flat, at about 1 percent, but Chrome OS usage is up significantly. In the last week of August, Chromebooks accounted for 0.9 percent of visits to the government’s network of sites. With the beginning of the new school year in September, those numbers began to rise sharply, reaching 1.6% in the first three weeks of November. The timing of that growth spurt suggests that Chromebooks really are making a dent in the education market.”
See ​U.S. Government data shows Windows 10 usage climbing as Windows 7 share drops sharply

As Chrome OS is a locked-down GNU/Linux desktop with a web-browser as the user-interface, I count this as a victory of GNU/Linux in the home country of that other OS. Chrome OS is thriving in schools where the next generation are getting the IT they need at a price they can afford, free of monopoly. */Linux is thriving everywhere except on the desktop so we know if the desktop OS were invented today the outcome would not be in doubt.

Often the successful attack is not a headlong charge but a flanking movement.

Oh, yes, of the “1.52 billion visits over the past 90 days”, 33.5% were not from the desktop… Android/Linux had 15% share. Oh yes, this is a victory for all things open and Free. Monopoly desktop OSs are like the zombies on “The Walking Dead” TV-series. They try to keep going missing lots of important parts but they don’t do very well despite the numbers… GNU/Linux seems to do best on weekends when folks are home during office hours.

You can look at OS yourselves by checking out the government site.

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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16 Responses to ​U.S. Government data shows */Linux Operating Growing On Web Clients

  1. dougman says:

    In addition, future subscription model Windows 10 is being rammed down everyone’s computer whether they want it or not. Don’t like it?….TS!


    Oh what else is there, M$ future layoffs, stolen XBOX keys which coincidentally is a losing proposition to say the least.



    Things are looking pretty grim.

  2. dougman says:

    Popup: This copy of windows is not genuine!

    Solution: Install Linux.

  3. luvr says:

    Meanwhile, I have gotten a complaint of yet another Windows 8.1 laptop user that her computer no longer works right… What a surprise!

    Guess I’ll have to get me one of those “No, I won’t fix your computer. Use Linux.” T-shirts.

  4. dougman says:


    Obviously, you cannot refute my evidence, with me providing you a link. No, instead attack me and my sabbatical, which shows everyone how weak your rebuttal is.

    Considering that Windows 10 has deleted people’s applications, that would be a decent definition of ‘malware’. See, M$ is desperate to get people to adopt Windows 10 and its pissing people off.


    Popups?!….to upgrade Windows..see where this is going? Just imagine all the fake upgrade malware that’s being created to trick people to get access to their computer.


    Who ever thought this one up at Redmond should be shot.

    The lookey here: http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/cyber-security/dyreza-trojan-can-now-hook-into-microsoft-edge-enlist-windows-10-users-into-botnet/

  5. DrLoser says:


    Seriously, adopting malware tactics to migrate people to version 10? LOL..

    Seriously not, Dog-Brain.

    Has your “sabbatical” rotted what was left of your brain in the first place?

    Sometimes I wonder who around here actually qualifies as a “troll.” You first, Dougie.

  6. dougman says:

    Meanwhile, Win-Dohs users are up-in-arms over the last version of Windows and M$ board members argue over things that won’t work.

    Seriously, adopting malware tactics to migrate people to version 10? LOL..



    Times are hard for M$ these days: http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2015/11/7/mobile-ecosystems-and-the-death-of-pcs

  7. DrLoser says:

    In a recent issue of Fast Company, Google engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer, one of the leading Android developers, said that with the Android and Chrome OS now under the same management its “easier to implement cross-platform features such as the ability to use an Android phone to unlock a Chromebook.”

    Well, that’s pretty much the same thing as producing a unified operating system and the hinterland thereto, I believe.

    Pretty much.


  8. DrLoser says:

    All Hail, the Cassandra of these woeful times, Steven J Vaughan-Nichols!

    Bring on the trolls!….

    It feels good to be back and Fifi-free, Dog-Brain.

  9. DrLoser says:

    Interestingly, and I wish to advert you to this particular point, Microsoft have been here before.

    Anybody here remember the hoo-hah (both positive, on behalf of Microsoft, and negative, on behalf of the consumers) over Windows 8?

    Well, some day, the Bleeding Edge of Linux will no longer be stuck five years or more behind Microsoft.

    But not any time soon, I think.

  10. DrLoser says:

    Now that both are under the same roof at Google it’s natural that there should be more unity.

    I must have missed that part. The part where Android and Chrome OS were not under the same roof. Did they just stare at each other from opposite sides of 1600 Amphitheater Parkway?

    Anyhow. Your strategic antennae are as fallible as ever, Robert. Forget what such a merger could theoretically provide freeloaders like you … although what on earth a retired Physicist would want with a back-catalog of fart-apps is beyond me.

    Where would Google see the money in all this? They don’t do things for free, no matter what anybody thinks.

    I’d estimate that merging the Java libraries alone would run to as much as $10 million. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  11. The Android/Linux + Chrome OS GNU/Linux merger was denied later but it would be a natural progression and make both OS better.

    Android/Linux succeeded largely because it ran on small cheap computers and allowed a bunch of Java developers to be comfortable with making apps. Chrome OS GNU/Linux was successful with folks who hated That Other OS because of high cost of maintenance/fragility/cost. Both have weaknesses:

    • Chrome OS can’t run those Android/Linux apps nor many regular GNU/Linux applications, and
    • Android/Linux can’t run regular GNU/Linux applications and many versions don’t get regular updates.

    Presumably a marriage would make the perfect OS, good for mobile folks and good for “desktop” folks. It would also end the silly decision of the Android creators being “open source” but not Free Software somehow… It would also end the silly decision of some distributors of Android/Linux to make it hard to update. Now that both are under the same roof at Google it’s natural that there should be more unity.

    Google’s senior vice-president for Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast wrote, “With our regular six-week software cycle and guaranteed auto-updates for five years, Chromebooks keep getting better over time. Finally, stay on the lookout for dozens of new Chromebooks in 2016.” It sounds as though the marriage has already happened.

    I expect TLW will be getting an ARMed ChromeBook very soon. Her old Atom died with PSU problems. If she can hook her monitor/keyboard/mouse to the new ChromeBook she would have exactly what she needs if there’s 4gB+ RAM inside.

    There are a few 4gB ARMed ChromeBooks like Samsung’s XE503C32 but it’s a bit pricey… RAM isn’t that expensive these days. ChromeBooks with the RockChip CPUs seem to be a better value. ASUS C201 is available here. TLW will like gigabit/s networking and 13h battery-life… Debian GNU/Linux can be installed on it so TLW would suffer no noticeable change in software UI.

  12. dougman says:


    Bring on the trolls!….oh wait, they all left and cannot comprehend this. So many Linux devices on the desktop these days, golly its already been here among us.

  13. Frankie wrote, “What’s the role of Windows botnet among those figures of clicks?”

    Your guess is as good as mine. At the moment, Seychelles is being blown away in StatCounter by something. Either that or only the tourists are using TOOS.

  14. Frankie says:

    What’s the role of Windows botnet among those figures of clicks?

  15. Mats Hagglund says:

    So it means that non-Chrome OS Linux desktop has not got much new users in America which underlines the fact that hardly more than 3-4% of desktop users are generally able or mentally ready to install any OS. Modern people are lacking initiative and slaves of corporates.

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