Linux Desktop Marketshare Continues to Rise

A few months back, I posted an article about Linux desktop marketshare passing 1% on NetApplications’ web statistics.

Using recent data from NetApplications, I have an updated the plot showing the marketshare hovering around 1%, and, in July, reaching a new high of 1.05%.


Again, NetApplications’ reports do not directly measure desktop marketshare; they measure the percentage of hits on a large collection of websites.┬á This quantity depends on users with spoofed OS identity, depends on the websites included etc…┬á The trend, however, unlike the actual number, is probably pretty robust.

W3Schools’ stats also have Linux reaching a new high in market share on their sites this month: 4.3%.┬á Though, I tend to believe NetApplications’ numbers are closer to the true marketshare; it is nice that both stats agree on trend.