There are some people wanting us to believe that Linux only has .5% (at most) of the desktop market when in actuality it is much higher. For proof of this you cannot look at the number of computers sold with Linux already installed, although Wal-Mart is changing that. What you do have to look at is the number of unique downloads of Linux distrobutions. For an even better view on actual Linux numbers, user your favorite newsserver to locate Linux related news groups or go find out how many people are active in the various LUGs. Chances are they'll be able to point you to even more people who aren't on Usenet or the myriad mailing lists or LUGs There are literally hundreds of newsgroups devoted to various aspetcst of Linux (which in all fairness, only specifies the Kernel) and of the 10 or 20 that I subscribe to, they literally have hundreds of members each (after removing known duplicate identities and trolls). While the news group and download numbers may not be spectacularly accurate, a more accurate number can be reached (servers excluded). With just the desktop market, it is estimated that 6-8% of desktop computers are running Linux, which is completely amazing given how young it is compared to the juggarnaut of Microsoft. What is even more amazing is it reached this number just by word of mouth on the internet. It is the grassroots efforts that have helped Linux become accepted both by the home user and by giant meta-national corporations such as IBM. If you look at the numbers from the following links, you can clearly see that not only are the numbers extremely inaccurate that many people (mostly Microsoft supporters) would have us believe, but many polls of this sort are made dubius when it is learned who paid for (in whole or in part) for the poll to be conducted. Yes, these are Linux related sites so I expect their numbers to be a bit off/exeggerated as well, but not by nearly as much as any poll sponsored by MS would be. Perhaps it is just my own geek bias (although I have used both Windows and Linux).
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