Prison: Day 70

Guten Morgen Fräggels! 🙂


Weird numbers

This is weird and boring and highly unlikely, yet confusing. I mean, how do they know, how can they determine what “marketshare” Linux has?

A normal Linux distro, Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Endeavour, Arch, Suse, MX is not a product. Of course the distro devs have download numbers … but they don’t show if all those downloaded ISO files indeed end up installed on users’s computers or are just somewhere on a thumbdrive for emergencies or sumfink. Or look at Orca’s machine pool. Usually 5 computers all installed from the same ISO that I downloaded only once. So in my case the marketshare is 5 times higher than what the download figures project.

On the other hand I downloaded lots of distros, installed them once, tested for 5 minutes, said “oh crap!” and kicked them off my machine. But I keep 20 – 50 sad and lonely ISO files somewhere in my archive. Does that also count as part of the marketshare?

But anyway, you’ve seen Karmi’s report which suggests sinking numbers of Linux marketshare, except for Ubuntu. And he got his numbers also from some source, didn’t he?

So, what is it now? Can I, can we still trust in anything we read on the net? Is any unbiased information still available, or can the statistics offices at least admit that their figures are purely speculative and rounded up or down, depending on their clients?

Let’s get for a moment back to Hubby and me: 2 person household with 6 computers. So 6 more or less actively used Linux machines.

Buuuut …

2 desktop computers are currently out of order, 1 netbook only comes out for updates and when we travel, 1 is a pure test machine and 2 are used by us on a daily basis. Realistically we should only count for a marketshare of 2. But I guess it’s impossible for the statistics guys to know and find out. So count us in with a marketshare of between 40 – 120.

But honest now, and for realsies: In a sinking market for desktop computers I guess it’s logical that more and more of  the remaining computer users are kinda hardcore and have their reasons not to do everything on smartphones … and logically are switching to Linux. In so far a marketshare of around 3% – and climbing – is very realistic.

\o/ Yay Linux! \o/

Okay, so far I bored you to tears with boring af Linux statistics but avoided the topic of Coronastuff. Good, eh? Let’s keep it that way for now. I’m quite sure we’re gonna stumble onto some Coronanews during our daily dawn patrol.

But, talking about Linux, didn’t I assign certain Linux projects to all of you?

And, hey, how’s it going? Can I please see some progress reports before the lockdown is lifted and I’m losing you all to secondary shit like work and school n stuffz? Noobz, how is Mint treating you? And advanced users, how you doin’ on Endeavour?

It’s to die for, both distros, isn’t it?

Let me and your fellow readers know, if possible with some screenshots and nice photos of your setup. Come on, you know this is a community blog, we all have to chip in every once in a while! 😉

Too busy to install Linux?

For now, just stay healthy, if you’re Americans go out, rebel and stick it to the man, and in general be good to each other!



Too awesome to install Linux! (But why are they all so fat?)




    • I guess they just count how often a distro was downloaded from the project’s or GitHub’s servers The sort of install, and on how many of your machines you installed the same ISO makes no difference.


  1. Joey wrote it w/o showing what was left for all the other Linux desktop OSes after Ubuntu’s 2.11 percent Linux segment growth was subtracted from the 3.17 percent total. 1.06 percent left for the rest. Close to the numbers I have linked to … other than statcounter – they show a jump from 0.7% in April to 0.79% in May.

    It changes & that just showed up –

    Ubuntu is carrying Linux right now…

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    • “Ubuntu is carrying Linux right now…”

      Much more interesting would be to know how many of the Ubu installs are used in commercial environments, like workstations, servers, automotive settings and stuff. Is it maybe the economy carrying Ubuntu? Or does Ubuntu carry the economy? 😉

      All those questions are moot for me, since I, totally egoistically, am always on the quest to find my perfect distro. For now it’s Endeavour, and I couldn’t give any less fux about all other aspects of the Linuxverse.


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