This Topic is of significance & shows that the tide is shifting our way.
Ever since June 16, 2016, Linux usage has been at or above 2.02%, which is a record, and not recorded by DistroWatch, rather a real stat counter in NetMarketShare, whom collects data from all computers, including smartphones, online.
Without further ado, let's look at the progress.
While there's been dips, the closest the Linux market share has fallen was to 2.11% on August 16, 2016. When the total number of computers online is figured up, this equals many millions of Linux users online every day. It also shows what I've been stating since at least 2013, consumers are getting fed up with Windows. Plus their largest usershare was denied a service pack that would had extended the life of Windows 7, bad business to ignore their largest customer base, reflects badly against the corporation & are now paying the price, with more customers looking towards Linux to meet their needs, at a minimum, when home, where they can also learn the OS of their choice.
In fact, there's a semi-hidden way (a desperation attempt by Microsoft) to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, by claiming the need for assistive technologies, though no proof is required, using IE for best results, download the app & one can freely upgrade. However, given the poor reception while openly free, and the drop at the end of the year's free promo, doesn't mean that folks will be beating at the door for the trick, which is legit. The site even states in fine print, that the use of these technologies isn't required, proof that the deadline has been extended by disguise. Microsoft are desperate & backpedaling to regain their former longtime coveted 90% (plus) market share. Note the asterisk beside the bottom requirement (above 'Upgrade Now') & the 3rd 'FAQ', nowhere on the bottom of the page are assistive technologies mentioned.
In retrospect, lets go back to 1984, before Microsoft's flagship OS was named Windows, when Bill Gates was struggling to have any market share. He'd have been tickled pink to have 2% market share, of which at that time, were a lot less people online then than now (probably would had been 20% or higher with current Linux usershare). Back then, UNIX was the major OS in use, of which plays a part in Linux today.
So congrats to the folks who have converted, and to those like myself who pushes Linux hard to most everyone with performance related computer issues. Many of these once (sort of) faster computers when new are now burdened down from tons of Windows Updates. If began in 2009 & haven't reinstalled, probably close to 500 updates altogether, more if Office 2007 (soon to be retired), 2010, 2013 & the latest are installed. Installing most any Linux version makes these computers run better than new again, provided the computer is otherwise healthy.
Many Linux distros will literally scream on these machines, especially the MATE & Xfce editions, and while I cannot provide an exact number of converts to my name, the number has to be by now over 100 personally. Not counting all of the burned DVD's I passed out for users to try, which stormed one neighborhood I was helping in, with the built in Torrent client, where in recent years, feared for my safety. While I'll still assist some of these folks, it has to be on a neutral ground, such as McDonalds, Starbucks, or a public library with free Internet. These users, even with Malwarebytes Pro, were getting infected 3-5 times weekly, now no more infections, and hopefully they passed the word along to other neighborhoods. Each & every one of us has the same power to convert other users to a Linux distro. If we all were to gain just a single user, we'd be at 5% usershare in no time.
There's a lot of valid reasons why Linux usage has climbed, I've covered a few.
Now, lets pull together to reach the 3% mark on the chart!
Edited by cat1092, 31 October 2016 - 03:46 AM.