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Update: This data has not yet actually been verified by Netmarketshare. When I first took the shot, it wasn't noted, but it's been pointed out in our comments they do now have a link at the top to say so. I fully expect this to be revised down to the current level.

Take this with a rather large bag of suspicion! Netmarketshare is reporting that Linux had 6.91% market share, which is higher than Mac for the first time.

Not only that, but it seems even FreeBSD actually registered on it this time too.

Honestly, it seems far too good to be true. Hold the partying and champagne popping for now. Other sites like StatCounter separate Chrome OS (which uses the Linux kernel), but I believe Netmarketshare does not. StatCounter also shows Linux overall at far less than what Netmarketshare shows.

With that said, both websites have reported Linux growth over the past year. It may not be as large as we want it to be, but it seems multiple sites statistics do report Linux market share is growing and that's the important thing here.

What do you think? A nonsense blip, or Linux really making gains?

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Jmsnz 3 October 2017 at 12:05 am UTC
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BerenNetmarketshare removed their September figures altogether.

Wow...

wtf? Apple complain?

For those that are 'but the Coffee shop is full of them!' that's because most of the people who will go to buy an overly expensive coffee to feel like they are socializing, but instead just to sit around with their face buried into their computers are douche bags. And as science has proven, most people who buy macs are douche bags.

It’s comments like this that reflect poorly on a community.
slaapliedje 3 October 2017 at 3:50 am UTC
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slaapliedje
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BerenNetmarketshare removed their September figures altogether.

Wow...

wtf? Apple complain?

For those that are 'but the Coffee shop is full of them!' that's because most of the people who will go to buy an overly expensive coffee to feel like they are socializing, but instead just to sit around with their face buried into their computers are douche bags. And as science has proven, most people who buy macs are douche bags.

It’s comments like this that reflect poorly on a community.

And why is that? Because I point out that people who sit in a coffee shop just to use their wifi (why don't they use the one in their office, dorm room? They can afford that shiny macbook and overly expensive coffee, why couldn't they also afford Wifi or work in a place that has it?) A coffee shop used to be a place where you'd sit down and meet someone, and have a nice light chat.

Instead it's filled with people sitting on their laptops only because they may want to be around other humans for a while.
TheSHEEEP 3 October 2017 at 5:34 am UTC
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BerenNetmarketshare removed their September figures altogether.

Wow...

wtf? Apple complain?

For those that are 'but the Coffee shop is full of them!' that's because most of the people who will go to buy an overly expensive coffee to feel like they are socializing, but instead just to sit around with their face buried into their computers are douche bags. And as science has proven, most people who buy macs are douche bags.

It’s comments like this that reflect poorly on a community.
Nah, sounds relatively accurate to me.
Jmsnz 3 October 2017 at 5:34 am UTC
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BerenNetmarketshare removed their September figures altogether.

Wow...

wtf? Apple complain?

And as science has proven, most people who buy macs are douche bags.

This is the ‘reflecting poorly’ I was talking about.
qptain Nemo 3 October 2017 at 9:24 am UTC
slaapliedjeAnd why is that? Because I point out that people who sit in a coffee shop just to use their wifi (why don't they use the one in their office, dorm room? They can afford that shiny macbook and overly expensive coffee, why couldn't they also afford Wifi or work in a place that has it?) A coffee shop used to be a place where you'd sit down and meet someone, and have a nice light chat.

Instead it's filled with people sitting on their laptops only because they may want to be around other humans for a while.
How dare they spend their own money on what they like and want to be around other humans! Such twisted villainy!
doomiebaby 3 October 2017 at 1:56 pm UTC
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slaapliedjeAnd why is that? Because I point out that people who sit in a coffee shop just to use their wifi (why don't they use the one in their office, dorm room? They can afford that shiny macbook and overly expensive coffee, why couldn't they also afford Wifi or work in a place that has it?) A coffee shop used to be a place where you'd sit down and meet someone, and have a nice light chat.

Instead it's filled with people sitting on their laptops only because they may want to be around other humans for a while.
How dare they spend their own money on what they like and want to be around other humans! Such twisted villainy!

i took it as a personal opinion, and thought it was funny....while he also calls out a phenomenon as sort of peculiar at least, the way a comedian does; but i realize a lot of folks don't like comedy either. also people sometimes go out of their way to be a stereotype...it's an attempted identity thing, and that human behavior is only one of many factors that make his comment that it's not a very good poll 100% legitimate. demographics matter. i don't think anyone would be surprised to see macs in a coffee shop, which is why it's funny. "lighten up" would be understated advice. cmon guys...

i mean if i were one of those people i'd respond with something like curly's "hey" >:\ "i resemble that!"


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ertuqueque 3 October 2017 at 3:57 pm UTC
Aaand Netmarketshare revised ALL the history of Linux data... now we barely pass the 1% marketshare. Ouch!
rkfg 3 October 2017 at 4:08 pm UTC
ertuquequeAaand Netmarketshare revised ALL the history of Linux data... now we barely pass the 1% marketshare. Ouch!
Hmm, where do you see it? They put September data back and it's down to 3%, but the QA notice is still there so it may change later. Other records seem to be intact.
Alm888 3 October 2017 at 4:10 pm UTC
ertuquequeAaand Netmarketshare revised ALL the history of Linux data... now we barely pass the 1% marketshare. Ouch!
Nice try!
But no, now it is 3.04%. And the "…has NOT been reviewed…" notice is still there.

This all looks like someone is editing "uncomfortable" (for certain "someone" ) numbers in order to please him/her. This all means we can pretty safely drop Netmarketshare from the reliable sources list.

I can imagine someone at NetMarketshare just has lost his/her job (either due to unacceptable and unforgivable accounting algorithm error or due to sudden truth leakage ).
rkfg
Ninja'd


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doomiebaby 3 October 2017 at 4:30 pm UTC
Alm888...This all means we can pretty safely drop Netmarketshare from the reliable sources list...

yeeeah....kinda.

"ok, there are definitely 500k people using linux...or maybe 100k...or none. Wait, no; everyone is, er... let me just manipulate these numbers a bit... does 600k sound about right?"

if all linux desktop usage is within their margin of error, that's one hell of a margin for error. i'm really curious to see their theory now, because it sounds like it could be an entertaining read bahahaha


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