Linux share on PC - 2.5%?

    According to the Gartner Dataquest survey, the following operating systems were installed on personal computers worldwide in 2006: Windows XP - 74.3%, other versions of Windows - 21.6%, Mac OS - 1.6%, Linux - 2.5% .
    Here we can read about it.

    At first glance, the news is good. Serious offices say that the share of GNU / Linux exceeded the share of MacOSX, and this is a clear progress and clearly what many Linux users were waiting for.

    There is one small “but” ...

    This is a “but” in the representativeness of the sample by which a conclusion is drawn about the occupied share. And that's why:
    Not so long ago, a group of my friends and I conducted a similar study among 150 Russians, of whom about half are familiar with each other, that is, among our friends. It should be noted that among the respondents we were both people working in the IT field, and not working in it, as employees of small and large companies, and civil servants.

    And our numbers are strikingly different, despite the fact that in Russia the share of GNU / Linux is, in principle, lower than in developed countries, we have the following situation:

    GNU / Linux - 75%
    M $ Windows - 50%
    * BSD (including MacOSX) - 10%

    The numbers are rounded by me so as not to irritate the eyes of those reading with fractions. And so, what is the main difference, the main difference is that we obviously get more than 100%, and this is understandable, because many have not one OS, but several, many who use GNU / Linux to work and surf the network keep M $ Windows for games, just as those who use for work and surf * BSD often keep Windows for games.

    That is, in fact, any study on the percentage occupied by different OS on desktops should have a total of more than 100, for the reason I indicated.

    That is why I am not in a hurry to rejoice in the research that I saw today. Although in any case, the numbers are already interesting.

    PS Necessary note: MacOSX is classified as * BSD due to the use of BSD binding and the reluctance to separate OS on the Mach core into a separate group (although in addition to MacOSX, we saw both Hurd and Open Darwin in the process of exploring computers of our friends)

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