How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)?
Feb 18, 2009, 17:48 (2 Talkback[s])
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"As Jim Zemlin, the executive director of The Linux Foundation,
points out, "I am not joking or trying to be trite, but the answer
to this question is: every single person in the modern world every
day. Everyone who searches Google, picks up a phone and uses
telecommunication infrastructure, watches a new televisions, use a
new camera, makes a call on many modern cell phones, trades a stock
on a major exchange, watches a weather forecast generated on a
supercomputer, logs into Facebook, navigates via air traffic
control systems, buys a netbook computer, checks out at a cash
register, withdraws cash at an ATM machine, fires up a quick-boot
desktop (even those with Windows), or uses one of many medical
devices; the list goes on and on."
""It is hard to think of someone in the developed world who
doesn't touch Linux every single day. The better question here is
who isn't a Linux user," Zemlin concluded.
"He's got a point there. If you buy something from Craigslist or
keep up with friends on Facebook, you're using Linux. To be exact,
you're using Big-IP 9.4.6, which is an embedded high-speed
networking system that incorporates Linux. Do you watch videos on
YouTube? Linux again. Google? Yes, they run Linux too."