[kwlug-disc] Linux Marketshare

John Kerr jkerr0102 at rogers.com
Tue Feb 2 14:50:10 EST 2010


I was just going to say this but i am glad you did. If there are any websites that insist
on IE then they should be taken out of the survey.


We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
John Eddie Kerr | Guelph, Ontario 

--- On Tue, 2/2/10, john at netdirect.ca <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:

From: john at netdirect.ca <john at netdirect.ca>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Linux Marketshare
To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 7:03 PM

kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 02/02/2010 01:49:02 PM:
> "Desktop penetration" that is something that should be highlighted 
> as some people use these stats to point out that "Linux has only 1% 
> of the market" disregarding the market share on servers and embeded 

But what about the other aspects of this survey?

What web sites were monitored? Forty thousand is a big number for it not 
to be random but what if many were MS centric for some reason or another?

Firefox has User-Agent override add-ons. I use them to access sites that 
claim to require IE but actually don't. In those cases the logs would show 
my system is IE?/WinXP.

How unique are the visits? Is it daily, is it based on IP address, 
cookies, etc?

Could hacks (that are rampant) be masquerading as MS systems and skew the 

Maybe there is a bigger difference between the habits of Linux users and 
other Internet users.

When I think about it 1% seems fair, but without digging further I would 
use it as a low point and suggest that it's possibly higher.

John Van Ostrand
Net Direct Inc.
564 Weber St. N. Unit 12
Waterloo, ON N2L 5C6
john at netdirect.ca
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