Yahoo!: For First Time, Technology Tracks Growth of Desktop Linux

“For years, analysts and enthusiasts alike have been debating
the popularity of desktop Linux. This week, there will be hard data
to back up the theories with the release of new, up-to-date
graphical maps that show where, when, and just how often people are
connecting to the Internet with computers running Linux.

“Data for the new maps is based on the number of computers
running Linspire: The first time one of these machines connects to
the Internet, that IP address is converted into map coordinates and
a ‘lightup’ (a unique, new desktop or laptop running Linspire)
appears in the corresponding location on a satellite photograph of
the Earth…”