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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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Pengling Jul 11, 2023
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Quoting: BoldosI 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:
Curious. On Xubuntu, it reports itself as Ubuntu, as expected. I've never meddled with it.

That said, that minutiae from my end of things doesn't invalidate your point at all. You're absolutely right, and there are plenty of folks who do this deliberately in order to make wonky web-apps work properly, too.
iWeaker4You Jul 11, 2023
Again ? It had already reached 3% several months ago.
Liam Dawe Jul 11, 2023
Quoting: iWeaker4YouAgain ? It had already reached 3% several months ago.
Not according to this stat. I searched through years of their stats and this was the first time I saw.
prosoor Jul 11, 2023
I think people found out and heard that they can play most if not all of their games if they install Linux instead of Windows. They gave it a try and some decided to stay.
micha Jul 11, 2023
Interestingly, it seems the upward change solely comes from Ukraine:
Purple Library Guy Jul 11, 2023
I note ChromeOS is at 4%. If only it ran, you know, programs.
Xpander Jul 11, 2023
Quoting: michaInterestingly, it seems the upward change solely comes from Ukraine:

Hmm estonia also

but ofc estonia has tiny population compared.
MiZoG Jul 11, 2023
13% in India is huge
Grogan Jul 11, 2023
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Ahh well, if browsers started going for /etc/*-release files people would be screaming bloody murder. So "Linux" it is. Some benchmark sites I go to for testing builds for performance regressions report my OS as "Linux Null" or "Linux Unknown" because it doesn't have any other info.

Last edited by Grogan on 11 July 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC
WORM Jul 11, 2023
I think this is also helped by the fact that young people are using desktops much less generally.
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