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Apparently desktop Linux marketshare has finally hit that elusive 2% mark

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According to the website 'Netmarketshare', Desktop Linux has finally hit 2% in June after three consecutive months of growth.

I would still take their figures with a pinch of salt, as there's no truly accurate way to get the overall statistics for each platform.

This does not include Android, even though it is using the Linux Kernel, it's captured separately as a different platform (as it should be).

The way the data is gathered is by using unique hits to over 40,000 websites, while that's rather a lot it is still just a sample.

It's debatable how accurate it is, but it's still pretty nice news to see it grow months in a row to hit an all-time high.

Thanks to all the people who messaged me about it. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Feda 1 July 2016 at 5:33 pm UTC
Doesn't surprise me to see Linux grow. I'm a recent convert and I've been trying hard to get anyone I know to switch. A lot of people I know come to me for computer advice so given enough time there will be more and more people dropping Windows.
My cousin, who pretty much only knows how to use a browser, almost threw away his old laptop because he thought that it got trashed by a virus. I asked him to give it to me to play around with and once I got it I found that it was an unwanted Windows 10 update that trashed the system.
He's using Linux now too.
dmantione 1 July 2016 at 5:36 pm UTC
Wow, I didn't expect that considering that we were well below 2% in the last months. But many people are considering to switch to Linux at the moment, now that Microsoft is increasing pressure with Windows 10 updates. Computer magazines also had specials about switching to Linux.

If this is responsible for the rise, it is likely that some of these people will reboot to Windows again. But some will stay on Linux, so it's good.

Also the W3Schools statistics pages show Linux at the highest share ever:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp
MiYzu 1 July 2016 at 5:36 pm UTC
Nice this is good news for the linux community, one step at the time.
reaVer 1 July 2016 at 5:37 pm UTC
FedaDoesn't surprise me to see Linux grow. I'm a recent convert and I've been trying hard to get anyone I know to switch. A lot of people I know come to me for computer advice so given enough time there will be more and more people dropping Windows.
My cousin, who pretty much only knows how to use a browser, almost threw away his old laptop because he thought that it got trashed by a virus. I asked him to give it to me to play around with and once I got it I found that it was an unwanted Windows 10 update that trashed the system.
He's using Linux now too.
Don't forget to sue: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/06/27/microsoft-sued-10000-windows-10-auto-update-renders-ladys-pc-unusable/

But yeah, Windows 10 auto install is one way to perster your users away to a different platform.
randomhero 1 July 2016 at 5:40 pm UTC
Nice to see this. I switched to Linux a few years back, a year after that the wife wanted it on her own machine too and now my mother has Mint installed as well. Seems it's contageous and for once that's something positive.
devland 1 July 2016 at 5:41 pm UTC
QuoteThis does not include Android, even though it is Linux,

Android is not Linux. Linux programs don't work on Android and Android apps don't work on Linux.
Android uses a heavily modified version of the Linux kernel. That's it.
Inspector_Gidget 1 July 2016 at 5:42 pm UTC
Finally, Linux is on par with my milk.
liamdawe 1 July 2016 at 5:48 pm UTC
devland
QuoteThis does not include Android, even though it is Linux,

Android is not Linux. Linux programs don't work on Android and Android apps don't work on Linux.
Android uses a heavily modified version of the Linux kernel. That's it.
Linux is a Kernel, if it uses it, it is Linux. It's everything on top that makes it a desktop/mobile/server/whatever distribution.

Let's not split hairs over something silly eh.
dmantione 1 July 2016 at 5:48 pm UTC
devland
QuoteThis does not include Android, even though it is Linux,

Android is not Linux. Linux programs don't work on Android and Android apps don't work on Linux.
Android uses a heavily modified version of the Linux kernel. That's it.

I don't agree, because you can easily install a Linux distribution in a chroot and it will run your usual Linux applications then.
niarbeht 1 July 2016 at 6:30 pm UTC
I think it's because stories like this are becoming more common.
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