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Another month, another record. Linux market share has now hit 3.37% according to the netmarketshare website.

Funny, I said last time "we may hit ~3% (and hopefully stay above it) by the end of 2018.", I guess I was wrong there then?

It's worth noting that all ways of tracking it come with their own flaws. Nothing is perfect. To be honest, I don't put a massive amount of faith in them myself.

Year of the netmarketshare Linux desktop!

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Leopard 1 September 2017 at 2:50 pm UTC
QuoteIt's worth noting that all ways of tracking it come with their own flaws.

Flaw in here is , Chromebook's counts as Linux.
finaldest 1 September 2017 at 3:03 pm UTC
Nice to see Linux continuing to pick up more users. I did make a prediction that Linux would reach 5% by the end of this year. Hopefully.

I have Just got a steam survey in wine GRRR so I logged out without accepting and loaded native steam and got no survey. I then logged back into wine steam to play a windows game and the survey popped up again.

I believe I triggered a survey as I have just received my roccat sova today.
olorin364 1 September 2017 at 3:08 pm UTC
Leopard
QuoteIt's worth noting that all ways of tracking it come with their own flaws.

Flaw in here is , Chromebook's counts as Linux.

Yup, and Google recently released Chrome Enterprise, which I'm sure accounts for some of it.
Teodosio 1 September 2017 at 3:13 pm UTC
Leopard
QuoteIt's worth noting that all ways of tracking it come with their own flaws.

Flaw in here is , Chromebook's counts as Linux.

Chromebook is Linux, its problem is that it is not GNU. Still, better than the rest.


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STiAT 1 September 2017 at 3:20 pm UTC
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Yeah, it's very likely that it's chromebooks which change the market share. It's becoming popuplar in the US. My best guess is that we've a quite stable number of linux users (~1.5-1.6 % marketshare), and that chromebooks account for about the same number, if not even more.

That would clarify as well why steam sees quite stable numbers on Linux while the marketshare is rising by a lot - there is no steam on chromebooks.
Power-Metal-Games 1 September 2017 at 3:33 pm UTC
All the time, I can't avoid noticing one thing. You Linux users you are not aware how much you are lucky and all the time I see that most of you are feeling like second class computer users. And, that's the opinion of one recently converted Windows user (me). I switched to Linux because of constant and super irritating problems that I couldn't stand anymore.

I will not count all the problems I experienced with Windows, but I will just describe the worst of all of them: when I finaly stoped using it and decided to switch to Linux I done it because CPU usage on my computer started growing last months every time by some prcent and finaly riched 99%. After some time I found that I need to disable some proceses with strange names every time when I log in to The OS, and that I can do it only manually. But the last time I loged to Windows I noticed that apps requiring much of the GPU time can't work normally anymore (Unreal engine, in my case...) and I checked GPU use. I found that Windows is using 99% of my CPU and 100% of my GPU all the time without doing anything. I done everything what was possible to find and resolve the problem but didn't succeded. I found that so much of people were complaining about the same problem that Windows is using 100% of GPU and are screaming against nVidia to fix drivers, but without reusults. If you don't belive me, just try to find how much of people are asking what to do about hight GPU usage in Windows. The worst thing of them all is that GPU fan worked just at 200-300rpm and themperature riched 75 degrees. In Linux, when temp goes beyond 60, fan starts working and cooling it. In Windows that is not happening without some external application.

Than I gave up, restarted computer and log in to Linux where EVERYTHING is working perfectly and where nothing similar will ever happen. So, it's not strange that people are running away from Windows, but it's strange that Linux and MacOS users are complaining about such a good operating systems that they are using.
Duckeenie 1 September 2017 at 3:42 pm UTC
finaldestNice to see Linux continuing to pick up more users. I did make a prediction that Linux would reach 5% by the end of this year. Hopefully.

I have a crystal ball that can make more accurate predictions than that.
Areso 1 September 2017 at 3:44 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesI will not count all the problems I experienced with Windows, but I will just describe the worst of all of them: when I finaly stoped using it and decided to switch to Linux I done it because CPU usage on my computer started growing last months every time by some prcent and finaly riched 99%...
Sorry, but it could be solved via re-installing OS after formatting system drive.
Still, I glad you came to GNU\Linux.
Lin_Soldar 1 September 2017 at 3:47 pm UTC
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Welcome Power-Metal-Games,

Hope you find much joy in being a Linux user and manage to convert a few friends and family too

Unfortunately being human means never being satisfied and if one looks closely at anything will always find imperfections, maybe I speak for myself?

Anyways, it's spring day where I reside and Friday too! Make sure to watch the inevitable livestream later with Samsai ) & Long Live Metal!!!
whitewolfguy 1 September 2017 at 3:48 pm UTC
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QuoteIt's worth noting that all ways of tracking it come with their own flaws.

Flaw in here is , Chromebook's counts as Linux.

Chromebook is Linux, its problem is that it is not GNU. Still, better than the rest.

Yes, an increase of almost 1% in a month can only indicate some abnormality in the counting of the numbers. Chromebooks should be entering the Linux count, but since they are Linux, that's not entirely wrong, and it's very cool to see Linux passing 3%, maybe this call the market's attention to software and games support on Linux.
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