Wed 18 Feb 2009 01:59:08 PM PST
Counting Linux users
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols asks, How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)? He's using numbers from a site called netapplications.com. I just went to the site, and NoScript asked me if I trust the company. Heck, I don't know whether to trust them. And I don't have time to find out whether to trust them. I don't click through EULAs, and I run a pretty locked-down browser setup.
So how to count the Linux users? Depends why you need the answer. Do you want the number of people who will prefer to buy a hardware product if there's Linux support? The number of people qualified to take a job that requires Linux skills? The number of people for whom the inability to run non-Linux apps is not a deal-breaker for buying a new computer? The number you need might be different from the percentage of web users running Linux right now.
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