As of October 31, according to w3counter:
- Microsoft Windows holds 79.69% market share, a 1.53% decrease from last month.
- Windows XP is the most predominate at 44.17%.
- GNU/Linux has a 1.49% market share.
- Iphone has 1.31% market share.
- Android has 0.25%.
- Internet Explorer continues to plummet. We are now using IE 41.6% which is down by 1.7% from last month.
- Don’t believe the FUD. There is no significant market share of IE9.
Microsoft’s market share is surely on the decline but will it have a minority market share come June 30, 2010?
Measuring market share is much more difficult that we had anticipated when we embarked on this project in June 2009. Web traffic is certainly an indicator of trends but it is highly skewed to the American and English speaking world who visits commercial websites. W3counter is the best in class since they have better global and website type diversity.
It is due to the web analytic market share counters that the myth of “Linux is 1% of the market share” persists. We present three reasons below.
1. Totally off-the grid systems do not get counted.
- 1,494,500 deployed by One Laptop Per Child.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktops, SuSE Enterprise Linux Desktop, or Ubuntu desktops on corporate or government networks behind a firewall.
- Appliance deployments like cash registers.
2. Nor do research institutions and Universities get properly counted.
For example, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science uses Fedora on the desktop but it does not show up in Fedora’s update statistics. Why? The version of Fedora is so heavily customized to the environment that it needs its own update mechanism. None the less, with 26,307,719 unique ip addresses getting Fedora updates, Fedora alone must have have greater than 1% desktop market share.
3. I agree with Caitlyn Martin, with all of the netbook sales, something is not adding up.
A commenter asked for a 2009 and a 2010 market share report for netbooks. Here is one from November 2009 reporting 1/3 Linux market share. Regretfully, I have nothing for 2010 since the scoop is that netbooks are losing market share overall to iPad tablets. Never fear Linux Fans, The Android Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ tablet has only been out for a month and has been selling nicely. By the way, Microsoft still lacks a significant market share in tablets.
We won’t stand for the lies behind the 1% myth any more.
We as non-Microsoft users need to stand up and say what we are using. If you use GNU/Linux, I urge you to participate in the Dudalibre “We > 1%” campaign. It takes one minute to say which distro you use.
Poke for my Fedora Friends: Does Fedora really only have 2.84% of the Linux desktop market share? Does Red Hat Enterprise Linux really have only 0.33% of the Linux desktop market share? Really?!? Take pride and say what you use.
When the truth comes out, Microsoft will not have a majority market share come June 30, 2011.