"WebSideStory, Inc. the world’s leading provider of outsourced e-business intelligence services, today reported that despite much hype and expectation in recent years, Linux has failed to gain market share from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) operating systems."
Here's the posting that appears on the WebSideStory site.
>>>Please note that this is saying what the USERS are using
A most definite nod towards M$ for the user friendly Windows platform that has brought us to where we are today. The web would not be as far as it is if the masses would've had to learn command line "trek-ese".
The future, however, looks to be more toward web enabled "appliances" (most likely wireless and handheld) that run applications based on the server side. I believe that desktop client OS wars are becoming a moot point.
We are at a critical point for web developers to embrace a standard for a server side language to communicate universally with all these "appliances". So far, from what little I understand about it, it looks like Java is the way to go. If it turns out that C# is actually a better implementation of OO programming then perhaps M$ will have defined yet another pathway to a revolution in computing.
You mean to tell me that Linux isn't as popular as windows for the desktop? ;)
but I have never found their statistics dramatically skewed.
Probably depends on your definition of "dramatically".
In this case, they underaccount for the average number of linux users surfing the web by around a factor of 5. Most cross-browser compatible sites with decent UA tracking find that something between 1 and 2 % of their visitors are using Linux. And that's still without counting those that camouflage themselfes as IE.
Not that this will bother the average homepage author, of course... ;)