Linux Market Shared Broken Down By Product Segment - HotHardware
Linux Market Shared Broken Down By Product Segment

Linux Market Shared Broken Down By Product Segment

We got some interesting statistics sent over from MBAOnline that we thought you’d all like to see and discuss. The infographic below details Linux and Linux-based operating system marketshare in three distinct market segments, desktops, tablets and mobile. As you’ll see, the disparity between the platforms is huge.

On the desktop, Linux is almost non-existent, with <1% market share. We’re sure the number is much higher amongst enthusiasts and the enterprise, but in the desktop / consumer space, Linux has very little traction. Desktops are all about Windows and to a much smaller extent OSX. Android (which is derived from a Linux kernel) fares far better in the tablet space, although it still holds less than half the marketshare of iOS. In the mobile / smartphone space, Linux derived OSes are the clear market leaders, with double-digit leads over iOS and Blackberry.
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They should have included server/datacenter share as well.

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theillien's right - They left out the segment where Linux has had the largest share for the longest time.

Also, I think their numbers are way off: I saw statistics at Reddit that placed it at 3.7%, and at W3Schools that placed it at 5.3%. Granted: Those sites are for the more tech-savvy, but statics from sites that only offer Windows software skew things much more in the other direction.

Marco: I'd be curious to know what your logs say is the percentage for HotHardware user agents. You guys do more Windows stories than Linux, but at least it's not a site that dis-includes Linux completely.

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I'll have Dave check this out tonight if possible. Will let you know...

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This was a consumer products-based study, not enterprise/server.

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They should have shown DVR's and GPS systems... Which would have practically been all Linux. Haha..

I also don't belive that OSX only has 6.36% of the desktop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems shows them at 7.4% (and Linux over 2%).

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Interestingly enough it is in a lot of other devices as well. For example I recently got some new Toshiba MFP's into my school building whose software is a custom version of Linux.

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I wonder if Laptops are included with the desktops.

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BTW: In case you missed it, Linux turned 20 years old the other day -

http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/11383/happy-birthday-linux-las-s18e03/

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