[linux-elitists] how many Linux programmers are out there
Sun May 30 06:09:22 PDT 2004
On 30 May 2004, "Karsten M. Self" <email@example.com> wrote:
> I was looking at some web stats reporting which shows GNU/Linux as ~2-3%
> of all hits. A value I suspect is underreporting as GNU/Linux users may
> be more inclined to obscure OS information on browsers for either
> privacy or functionality reasons (e.g.: browser exclusion by websites).
> The "undetermined" range typically ranges from 2-5% in such reports, so
> I'd put usage at ~3-8%.
I think Linux is still skewed towards server systems, where people are
less likely to run their browsers, so a bit more underreporting.
> > Has anyone estimated the number of programmers Linux has vs.
> > non-Linux?
> Hell. A total "programmer" count would be of interest. That's a hard
> thing to pin down. In large part because a lot of de facto programmres
> don't consider themselves same.
One can also approach from the other direction: what fraction of all
programmers have used Linux? Perhaps only a few percent use it as
their main platform. But it seems like a large fraction of
programmers who mostly use Windows have at least tried out or played
with Linux, or have it installed on a spare box.
Other questions I can't reliably answer: What fraction of university
CS/EE graduates have used Linux? What fraction of programmers working
for Microsoft have Linux installed at home?
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