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Linux on the desktop breaks 4% for the first time on Statcounter

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Another month down according to Statcounter at least, Linux on the desktop is doing better than ever. Take it with your usual little pinch of salt like any survey sampling though.

We've finally cracked 4%, which for Linux is a pretty big thing. How do they do it? They collect stats from over 1.5 million websites, so they have a pretty good sample size for it.

Here's how things have looked over the last year+

  • January 23 - 2.91%
  • February 23 - 2.94%
  • March 23 - 2.85%
  • April 23 - 2.83%
  • May 23 - 2.7%
  • June 23 - 3.07%
  • July 23 - 3.12%
  • August 23 - 3.18%
  • September 23 - 3.02%
  • October 23 - 2.92%
  • November 23 - 3.22%
  • December 23 - 3.82%
  • January 24 - 3.77%
  • February 24 - 4.03%

Here's a look at it since 2009:

See the worldwide desktop stats on Statcounter.

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Nice!
pb Mar 4
To the moon!
Is this due to the launch of the steam deck?

It was launched in Febr. 22 (according to google) and in the last two years it's grown from 2% - 4%. Except the trend was slowing going up before that... so maybe it explains some of the growth but not all.
micha Mar 4
The trend looks very promising..😁

Though I'm not sure how much I trust that source. E.g. does anyone have a good reason why a huge chunk moved from macosx to windows since end of last year?
Eike Mar 4
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Quoting: torstenchrIs this due to the launch of the steam deck?

It was launched in Febr. 22 (according to google) and in the last two years it's grown from 2% - 4%. Except the trend was slowing going up before that... so maybe it explains some of the growth but not all.

Steam Deck might be a percent of the machines running Steam - but by far not among PCs overall.
(And most people using Steam Deck might not even touch the browser of the device.)
Eike Mar 4
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Quoting: michaThe trend looks very promising..😁

Though I'm not sure how much I trust that source. E.g. does anyone have a good reason why a huge chunk moved from macosx to windows since end of last year?

Because Mac sucks?

SCNR :D
LibreTEK Mar 4
Hopefully people begin making the switch due to Microsoft's gamble on forcing an AI "copilot" into their desktop OS. Not that I'm against AI but my goodness, that's gonna (as I said before, hopefully make users jump ship.

But all in all, exciting news! Been using Linux for over 10 years now and never thought it'd get to where it's at today.
pb Mar 4
Quoting: LibreTEKHopefully people begin making the switch due to Microsoft's gamble on forcing an AI "copilot" into their desktop OS. Not that I'm against AI but my goodness, that's gonna (as I said before, hopefully make users jump ship.

But all in all, exciting news! Been using Linux for over 10 years now and never thought it'd get to where it's at today.

Desktop Copilot a.k.a. Clippy's Revenge
elmapul Mar 4
wow, just 34 years later!
just more 850 years to the linux year!

jokes aside, when we reach something like 10% we will skyrocket to bigger marketshares quite quickly due to the network effect and chicken and egg problem.
Drakker Mar 4
This looks like the beginning of an exponential curve... we might be at the inflection point. Let's hope it keeps going this way. :)
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