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Linux hit over 3% desktop user share according to Statcounter

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Do my eyes deceive me? Apparently not. According to Statcounter, the Linux share on the desktop has actually now passed 3% for the first time.

While it has been close a couple of times, the trend according to their stats is pretty clear that Linux use has been slowly rising over the last few years. This does not include ChromeOS, even though it's based on Linux, as they track that separately so this is just plain desktop Linux.

As always, keep a big pinch of salt ready though for any such survey. Statcounter gather this data from around "1.5 million sites globally". Still, just like the Steam Survey that we regularly look at for trends, it's an interesting measure to keep an eye on for the overall picture.

Across this year their stats show for Linux:

  • January - 2.91%
  • February - 2.94%
  • March - 2.85%
  • April - 2.83%
  • May - 2.7%
  • June - 3.07%

See the stats on Statcounter.

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Bloombery Jul 11, 2023
What is "unknown", Linux?


Last edited by Bloombery on 11 July 2023 at 10:21 am UTC
Romlok Jul 11, 2023
Quoting: BloomberyWhat is "unknown", Linux?
Given that a large jump in "unknown"s apparently happened at the same time as a large dip in "Windows" (April), my guess is that Microsoft changed something privacy-wise in Edge which made Statcounter not be able to identify them as Windows.

Then, that the subsequent drop in "unknown"s in June resulted in a fairly proportional increase in all the platforms, suggests to me that Statcounter (likely driven by the increase in "unknown"s in their data) found a way to identify (or guess/assume) a browser's platform in spite of some common cross-platform privacy feature.

Edit: This effect seems especially stark in India! https://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share/desktop/india
(also, 13.8% Desktop Linux in India!)


Last edited by Romlok on 11 July 2023 at 10:48 am UTC
CatKiller Jul 11, 2023
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Quoting: BloomberyWhat is "unknown", Linux?
Unidentified Windows version; it mirrors the identified Windows version exactly. They're really one signal.
Solarwing Jul 11, 2023
Apparently the "birds" have flown around the globe and spread the word of free OS. I think Valve is somehow behind this increase as Linux gaming has been going up for sometime. It cannot be coincidence.I can say only this:fly Tux fly!The 4% is next!!!
BlooAlien Jul 11, 2023
Quoting: Solarwingfly Tux fly! ...

BBC Flying Penguins
Pengling Jul 11, 2023
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Wow, how far we've come since the old days of insights like these, when that share was so much lower - very nice to see!

Quoting: BlooAlien BBC Flying Penguins
Penglings, surely?
StoneColdSpider Jul 11, 2023
Quoting: PenglingWow, how far we've come since the old days of insights like these, when that share was so much lower - very nice to see!

Quoting: BlooAlien BBC Flying Penguins
Penglings, surely?
Only if they have Bombs.......
mad_mesa Jul 11, 2023
According to statcounter we're over 7% because they've separated out the most popular desktop distribution. Considering their past behavior of lumping Windows vs splitting Linux, I wonder how long it will be before they find another distribution or type of distribution to separate out.
elmapul Jul 11, 2023
Quoting: Romlok
Quoting: BloomberyWhat is "unknown", Linux?
Given that a large jump in "unknown"s apparently happened at the same time as a large dip in "Windows" (April), my guess is that Microsoft changed something privacy-wise in Edge which made Statcounter not be able to identify them as Windows.

Then, that the subsequent drop in "unknown"s in June resulted in a fairly proportional increase in all the platforms, suggests to me that Statcounter (likely driven by the increase in "unknown"s in their data) found a way to identify (or guess/assume) a browser's platform in spite of some common cross-platform privacy feature.

Edit: This effect seems especially stark in India! https://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share/desktop/india
(also, 13.8% Desktop Linux in India!)

wow linux marketshare in india is impressive! at the same time it make me depressing to think that a few other countries must have an minuscule marketshare to compensate (after all the average world wide is 3%, if one countrie its much higher than 3 other might be lower)
Boldos Jul 11, 2023
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I don't know (and trust), what these web counters are really showing.
Not because they are rigged, but because the browsers themselves are rigged.

What does my Ubuntu pre-installed Firefox report?
My Ubuntu Firefox reports itself as:
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