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Dec 20, 2001, 14:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Knight)
"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..."

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