LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Do the Retail Linux Numbers Mean Anything?Mar 26, 2001, 18:23 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)
"Establishing market share is always difficult in the Linux world. For starters, there's the issue of installations vs. sales: a single copy of Slackware Linux, for instance, can be installed on an unlimited number of servers and workstations. Secondly, there are a large number of "stealth" copies of Linux sold through bookstores and resellers like LinuxCentral; the bookshelves are creaking with Linux books with a CD or multiple CDs containing a full Linux distro. Some distributions, like Debian and Slackware, simply aren't sold in boxed sets in retail channels. And polls of users done by internet.com show that corporate users by and large buy Linux directly from distributors, totally eschewing the reseller market."
"That's why I sometimes don't take reseller data too seriously, but there are some conclusions that one can draw from the data."