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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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elmapul Aug 4, 2023
Quoting: Xpander
Quoting: michaInterestingly, it seems the upward change solely comes from Ukraine:

Hmm estonia also

but ofc estonia has tiny population compared.
hoyly crap, wtf is happening on estona that we didnt knew about?
elmapul Aug 4, 2023
Quoting: hardpenguin
Quoting: michaInterestingly, it seems the upward change solely comes from Ukraine:
Can we assume that it comes from an increase in military devices usage? 😰

either that or people sundely care about privacy when their life is on the line
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