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G2News/LinuxGram: Who's Web Boss? Linux or M'soft? Netcraft Redacts its Findings

Aug 07, 2000, 22:06 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Zipper)

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"Despite popular wisdom and the usually jubilant claims of open source folk, Linux and Apache do not dominate the Internet. In fact, they hold only a tenuous 1.67% market share lead over Windows-based web sites."

"An entirely new survey methodology employed by the Netcraft, considered the world leader in doping out what sites use which software, sheds new light on the net. The new numbers hold major implications for the exploding thin web server market, where Windows and Linux are in a death match for dominance. The Netcraft numbers hint, but don't explicitly prove, that Windows may lead in the corporate and commercial web sector as Microsoft claims."

"In theory, there are 17 million web sites out there. Netcraft's conventional count indicated 6.1 million of them run on Linux servers and only 3.6 million run on some species of Windows. Netcraft concluded that Linux had a 14.4% lead over Microsoft."

"Ah ha, but now Netcraft has reinterpreted its data in light of new technology it's come up with and decided that its old conclusion is wrong and that Linux has less than a 2% lead."

Note: Netcraft has their methodology explained if you scroll down just over half way on their Survey page. LT ed.

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