GNU/Linux Market Share - False information?

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Abhradip

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Jun 1, 2009, 7:09:56 AM6/1/09
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A few days earlier I posted a news which says that now the desktop
market share of GNU/Linux has finally reached 1% . A obvious question
is - oh! is the total GNU/Linux user base small relative to others? OR
is it just that the total no. of registered users of GNU/Linux is far
less than the unregistered no. of users? Generally a GNU/Linux user
does not register himself/herself to any one organization so that the
total no. of users can be tracked. So it will always look like others
having more share just because they keep track of every new user and
make a registration upon buying the OS. Whereas in case of GNU/Linux
such tracking is next to impossible. Even if we track total no. of
downloads then also we fail because of not counting all users who
collect it from a friend. If we track all those machines on internet
(By ip address, lets say) which have GNU/Linux then also we wont count
those people who use it offline. This way even if the real market
share of GNU/Linux is much bigger than others we wont be able to know
just because we don't have a registry to track it.

\Some Thoughts\

- ADM

tirthankar bachhar

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Jun 1, 2009, 7:35:06 AM6/1/09
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" This way even if the real market share of GNU/Linux is much bigger than others we wont be able to know just because we don't have a registry to track it."

Can anyone clarify this part? please ...
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Abhradip

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Jun 1, 2009, 7:41:58 AM6/1/09
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> Can anyone clarify this part? please ...

After you demanded a clarification, I searched over google to see
someone thinks similar with me and found these :

http://blogs.computerworld.com/how_many_desktop_linux_users

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

- ADM

spider

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Jun 14, 2009, 11:53:48 AM6/14/09
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Hi Guys,

This is quite a debatable topic. But I believe that arguing on this is
a sheer waste of time. It is a universal truth that some of the best
programmers are associated with the development of GNU/Linux. We, the
GNU/Linux enthusiast, can proudly boast off the achievements of our OS
- whether its stability, performance, the scores of utilities or a
cool desktop environment. At the same time all of you would agree with
me - we always have the scope to better ourselves. Let us not shy off
from the fact that unless we criticize ourselves, we cannot do better.
So its time to be our own critics. Most of the common users use the
computer for every day purpose like chatting with audio and video
support, listening to music, watching DVD movies or online videos,
etc. find it a bit annoying when they learn that there is no driver
support for the LAN card they use, or their webcam is not supported,
the mp3 codecs are missing and what not. Also, we must understand that
not every user is willing to go the extra mile to go out looking for
the driver or downloading the mp3 codec. They except that things
should work seamlessly. As we may not expect a good programmer to be a
good cook or a good football player, similarly we sould not expect
that every user would try to get into the ins of GNU/Linux to get the
best out of it. May be I shall post a separate thread on various
spheres where we can think of improving ourselves.

- AD

Aveek Sen

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Jun 14, 2009, 12:53:13 PM6/14/09
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On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 9:23 PM, spider<arijit...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Guys,
>
> This is quite a debatable topic. But I believe that arguing on this is
> a sheer waste of time. It is a universal truth that some of the best
> programmers are associated with the development of GNU/Linux. We, the
> GNU/Linux enthusiast, can proudly boast off the achievements of our OS
> - whether its stability, performance, the scores of utilities or a
> cool desktop environment. At the same time all of you would agree with
> me - we always have the scope to better ourselves. Let us not shy off
> from the fact that unless we criticize ourselves, we cannot do better.
> So its time to be our own critics. Most of the common users use the
> computer for every day purpose like chatting with audio and video
> support, listening to music, watching  DVD movies or online videos,
> etc. find it a bit annoying when they learn that there is no driver
> support for the LAN card they use, or their webcam is not supported,

The LAN card drivers are more problematic with Windows. I got no
driver online for my just 3-4 year old desktop. Even setting up the HP
printers is very quick. no internet connection required as well. See
my blog for the detailed entry-http://aveek.wordpress.com/

> the mp3 codecs are missing and what not.

many spins have the multimedia applications & codecs pre-installed.
Check out-http://spins.fedoraproject.org/.

Also, we must understand that
> not every user is willing to go the extra mile to go out looking for
> the driver or downloading the mp3 codec. They except that things
> should work seamlessly. As we may not expect a good programmer to be a
> good cook or a good football player, similarly we sould not expect
> that every user would try to get into the ins of GNU/Linux to get the
> best out of it. May be I shall post a separate thread on various
> spheres where we can think of improving ourselves.
>
> - AD
>
>

Aveek Sen,
Second year student of Electronics & Communication Engineering,
Fedora Ambassador,
NIT Agartala,
India.

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sunil datta

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Jun 15, 2009, 11:22:25 AM6/15/09
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AD, I agree with your views.
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