LowEndMac.com: Linux Lies
Dec 20, 2001, 14:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Knight)
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"According to Linux More Bark Than Bite With Web Users,
According to WebSideStory's StatMarket, Windows and Macintosh users
account for 98% of all Web users. Of the remaining two percent,
only a small minority surf with Linux. Or so WebSideStory claims.
As we noted in Statistical Lies two-and-a-half years ago, "The
problem isn't the numbers, but how they were derived." Only sites
using "HitBox" software (HitBox is a division of WebSideStory, as
is StatMarket) are polled. They may represent 125,000 sites among
the millions on the Web, but they are invariably sites created on
and often served on Windows machines. You can bet your bottom
dollar that Slashdot and Low End Mac are not among these sites.
So I had to check my stats. If anything, a Mac oriented site
could expect to draw more Mac users than other sites, which should
mean a lower proportion of Windows and Linux users. Here are some
numbers based on the percentage of pages served by OS..."