Windows OS last month took its biggest market share dive in the past two years, erasing gains made in two of the past three months and sending the operating system’s share under 90% for the first time, an Internet measurement company reported today.

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In the mean time, Linux grew from 0.71 to 0.83%, and Mac OS X grew by 0.66 percent to reach 8.9 percent.

That’s a whopping big change for Linux, percentage-wise.

Comments

  1. #1 JanieBelle
    December 4, 2008

    I did that.

  2. #2 K.
    December 4, 2008

    I bought my current PC in 2003, in the era of peace known as XP well before Vista came out. I’ve read enough about Vista to know how awful it is, but all the same, I admittedly am more than a little perplexed by the ferocity of the OS wars.

    The only Apples I ever knew were the computers that my elementary school had – which I hated. I grant that my family has always had PCs rather than Apples, and I’m sure that that has a lot to do with my preferences. Still, the whole Apple/Windows thing seems incredibly overblown to me.

  3. #3 James F
    December 4, 2008

    But it’s so easy a rabbit could use it!

  4. #4 Joel
    December 4, 2008

    Still, the whole Apple/Windows thing seems incredibly overblown to me.

    I’m not sure from that it’s as much an Apple/Windows thing, which you might equate with a Ford/Chevy thing, as it is free exchange/commercialzation thing.

  5. #5 K.
    December 4, 2008

    Joel-

    Touche.

  6. #6 RSG
    December 4, 2008

    The popularity of the Asus Eee PC might be able to take a large share of the credit for this. It’s selling so fast Asus is hard-pressed to keep up with the demand, and resellers seemingly can’t keep them in stock. It certainly has allowed me to abandon Microsoft, for good I hope. I wish I’d had the incentive to use Linux long ago. I’m loving it.

  7. #7 Les Wood
    December 4, 2008

    I develop and maintain a major commercial web site in South Africa and continually monitor browser usage – to keep everything compatible. Very interesting is the noticeable and welcome swing away form Internet Explorer to Firefox in recent years.

    Browser Usage – % of total visitors

    INTERNET EXPLORER FIREFOX
    Nov 2006 68 25
    Nov 2007 62 31
    Nov 2008 48 34

    Windows is a grudge purchase as we just have too much investment in software to consider and O/S change. Every time Microsoft stabilises a windows version a new one is unleashed upon us and we can no longer acquire the older version. At least Microsoft is rapidly losing the browser war.

  8. #8 Les Wood
    December 4, 2008

    I develop and maintain a major commercial web site in South Africa and continually monitor browser usage – to keep everything compatible. Very interesting is the noticeable and welcome swing away form Internet Explorer to Firefox in recent years.

    Browser Usage – % of total visitors

    INTERNET EXPLORER FIREFOX
    Nov 2006 68 25
    Nov 2007 62 31
    Nov 2008 48 34

    Windows is a grudge purchase as we just have too much investment in software to consider and O/S change. Every time Microsoft stabilises a windows version a new one is unleashed upon us and we can no longer acquire the older version. At least Microsoft is rapidly losing the browser war.

  9. #9 JanieBelle
    December 4, 2008

    Hey, does Les’ comment count as one or two?

  10. #10 Barry
    December 5, 2008

    The Inquirer calls it slightly differently:

    While Apple has apparently added more converts in the last year, growing its user base by somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent, Linux has evidently grown faster, since it started 2008 with a much smaller user base. Depending upon whether one believes Linux started 2008 with 0.5 per cent or 1.0 per cent market share, its user base has grown by either 200 per cent or 50 per cent. Either way, those are explosive rates of growth in Linux adoption.

    I’m sure many of us know non-techie people who have bought eee netbooks, or similar: this seems feasible.

    Also:

    Microsoft’s getting squeezed at the high end of the PC market by elegant Apple computers running OSX and at the lower end by less expensive desktops and netbooks running Linux.

    Oh dear.

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