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[News] 50,000,000 Desktop GNU/Linux Users Already?

  • Subject: [News] 50,000,000 Desktop GNU/Linux Users Already?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 09:33:09 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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50,000,000 Desktop GNU/Linux Users Already?Desktop OS- Vista vs. Linux

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| Okay, now lets tie this all back in together. Novell claimed several months 
| back in a video ad that Desktop Linux users accounted for upwards of 
| 30,000,000 different people. That's 30 million. Recent statements made by 
| some Novell representatives indicate that they expect there are upwards of 
| 50,000,000 Desktop Linux users. Microsoft has never contested the number of 
| Desktop Linux users, and if anything the deal Microsoft signed with Novell 
| was tacit agreement that Microsoft believed those numbers to be accurate.      
| [...]
| Now, Microsoft reported back in July that 60 million copies of Vista had been 
| sold. Now start subtracting the crossgrades to Xp that are not counted as 
| sales, and the 3-1 to ratio of Xp to Vista sales. Now, I'm not confident in 
| my mathematics, but right now the best I can come up with is a realistic 
| install base of around 40 million.    
| Yes. Desktop Linux Marketshare... is larger than Vista.



How many Linux desktop users are there?

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| So it is that Cherry asks that, "If desktop Linux market data is important to 
| you or your company, please become involved in the statix project and in the 
| deployment of this tool on every distro. I realize that market data can be a 
| double-edged sword, so distro vendors should get those issues on the table 
| early."    


Hard to track Linux stats

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| "The characteristic of open source software is that it is freely available on 
| the network. People are encouraged to download it, use it as many times as 
| they want, modify it to fit their needs, of course, depending upon the open 
| source license."   


Smolt profiles distro hardware use

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| For instance, according to the publicly available stats, 78% of respondents 
| were running Pentium IIIs or equivalents, and 20% x86_64. The dominant 
| language used was US English at 67%, with Japanese a distant second at 6.1%. 
| 34% were running systems with less than half a gigabyte of RAM, 37% were 
| using half to a gigabyte, and 24% over two gigabytes.    


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.


Measuring Linux and Open Source

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| How do you measure success?
| This question is often asked in the Linux business and development 
| communities, with various answers given: "the number of servers in 
| the enterprise," "the number of desktop deployments," "or the number 
| of new bugs found in Vista today."
| Measuring success is a matter of definition, and therefore it can be 
| a hard thing to pin down. And, it seems, the challenges of measurement 
| go a lot deeper than something as subjective as "success." 


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