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StatMarket Survey: Linux Amongst the Also-Rans in OS Market Share

Oct 10, 2000, 00:44 (21 Talkback[s])

"WebSideStory's StatMarket is reporting that the global Web usage share of Apple's Macintosh OS has remained steady at around 3 percent since early 1999. The data shows that while Apple has retained a core following among Web surfers worldwide, it has been unable to make any advances into Microsoft's dominating global OS penetration. As of Oct. 4, 2000, the Mac OS accounted for 2.84 percent of all monitored Internet usage, according to WebSideStory's StatMarket. Windows had a global usage share of 92.82 percent on the same date, while Unix OS registered at 0.44 percent. Other operating systems, including Microsoft's WebTV, Linux, Sun SunOS, Silicon Graphics IRIX, Amiga, and IBM OS/2 among others, had a collective 3.90 percent usage share worldwide."

"StatMarket is an Internet intelligence service that reports data on global Internet user trends. StatMarket's statistics are collected from more than 40 million visitors a day to nearly 200,000 Web sites worldwide using WebSideStory's HitBox Enterprise and other HitBox Web audience analysis services. StatMarket's information is gathered in real-time and reported daily. Usage share reflects the percentage of Web surfers worldwide that using a particular operating system."

"Apple's Mac OS usage share on Jan. 10, 1999, was 2.66 percent. It hit a low of 2.39 percent on Aug. 1, 1999, and then a high of 3.21 percent on May 9, 2000. While the overall growth in Mac's usage has been relatively stagnant; it has held ground better than Windows OS products, which have dropped by more than a percentage point from 94.11 percent on Jan. 10, 1999. Other operating systems have risen by more than a percentage point collectively since early 1999."

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