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Lies, Damn Lies and Linux Market Share Statistics
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| "The numbers from NetApplications are clearly unrepresentative of reality,"
| blogger Robert Pogson told LinuxInsider. "Around 2003/4, IDC determined by
| survey that GNU/Linux was ahead of Mac OS at about 3 percent. Since then
| GNU/Linux has had growth numbers from 20 to 50 percent in various places.
| "That would put GNU/Linux at 7 to 9 percent," he asserted.
GreyGeek - Subject: Ah, I see that NetApplications primary
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| usiness model is rebranding Windows executables and selling them to
| unsuspecting rubes.
| A year ago Matt Assay said it was at 2.02%
| ZDNet reported on Feb 24th, 2004 that the 2003 Linux desktop market share hit
| 3.2% and expected it to hit 6% by 2007.
| In 2005 they reported that the 2004 saw the Linux desktop at 4%.
| I believe that the all the ZDNet figures were spot on. If anything, the Linux
| desktop market share has continued to increase and is probably currently at
| 8-10% and rising. Dell and the other PC OEMs wouldn't have invested in
| selling Linux pre-installed if it appealed only to less than 1% of the
| desktop market.
| It is quite obvious that NetApplications latest "report" is merely
| Microsoft's continuing attempt to control the news about Linux's success in
| replacing Windows on the desktop. It's not working... No one whith half an
| ounce of brain would take the bait on a "free" Win7 (a dumbed down version
| that can run only 3 apps at a time) that will deactivate after one year
| unless the user PAYS Microsoft to activate it. Win7 is NOT free.
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