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Linux More Bark Than Bite With Web Users

The HITBOX folks tell it like it is!

     
5:44 am on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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"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.

[hitboxcentral.com...]

Please note that this is saying what the USERS are using NOT what SERVERS are using.

6:04 am on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>>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.

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You mean to tell me that Linux isn't as popular as windows for the desktop? ;)

I have no doubt that Linux currently occupies less than 5% of the desktops right now. It could even be sub 1%. That said, that is the silliest article I have ever read. The Hitbox tracking code is javascript based, many *nix users surf in browsers with simple text based browsers, and a good many who use fully graphical browsers disable javascript. I would guess that less than 40% of Linux users surf with javascript enabled.

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agreed littleman.

Then to add that the hitbox/webside story sample is so drmatically skewed that it just does not make any sense to generalise from it at all.

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There is also a possibility that the small number of Linux users are out of step with the mainstream users. It isn't a right and wrong issue.

Hitbox is a competitor of mine but I have never found their statistics dramatically skewed. Wish I did!

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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... ;)

 

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