"You may have noticed that I mentioned rent and not own for the
proprietary operating systems. This is because the End User License
Agreement used by a particular proprietary company that I know of
specifically states that the purchaser only has the right to use
the operating system and does not own it. In other words they are
"So the question here is. If marketing and research companies
want accurate statistics (assuming they do) then how can they count
the real number of Linux installations? Quite simply they can't.
This means that 93.4% of the statistics recorded only show less
than 9.8% of the true number of Linux installations (where did
those numbers come from I wonder :)."