October 2010 OS & Browser Use Stats

Note: this article is the writers personal opinion. It is based upon almost 40 years of experience in small computers and communications, but it is still an opinion.It is presented AS IS. All use is at your own risk.


We ran web stats tonight, using access logs from April through October 2010. They are self explanatory and follow. The trend — rising or falling market share — is more important than calculated percentage. The year to year trend will be accurate even if the accuracy of the market share assessment is approximate.

IF we ASSUME that all “unknown” OSes are in fact Microsoft (for example Vista or Windows 7) then Microsoft is still level at 60% of market share (compared to our Operating System use check October 2009). They are down 30% from their 90% market share eight years ago, which explains their more aggressive pricing (they cut the price of Windows 7 in half compared to Vista and Windows XP). Linux is at 27.34% down 1.81% from last year’s 29.15%. MAC is at 4.46% down 3.48% from last year’s 7.94%. In all the Windows 7 platform may have attracted a few people, but it must have drastically disappointed shareholders. Apparently businesses who were driven away over eight years of Microsoft hubris are less than willing to jump back into the frying pan after biting the bullet and switching to MAC or Linux.

Comparing to Web Browser use stats from October 2009, the most significant change in Web Browser use goes to the Safari camp, which won market share up 17.58% at 26.88% over use of 9.3% reported last October. Safari numbers may actually include users adopting the Google Chrome (or Chromium) platform for web browsing — GoDaddy.com‘s statistics service does not distinguish. Since use of MAC OS has actually dropped, and Safari is primarily used in conjunction with MacOS, the most logical conclusion is that Google Chrome now has taken roughly 20% market share, possibly fueled by consumer privacy and business security concerns which discourage adoption of IE, promotion of Chrome by Industry giant Google.com, and the overwhelmingly extreme acceptance of the Android (Linux) powered ‘Droid series of Smart Phones, which are the established mobile phone market leader.

Microsoft IE is off (down) exactly 8% at 28.72% from last October’s 36.72%. FireFox is off 25.03% at 15.00% down from last year’s 40.03%. Opera, the intensely standards compliant browser used mostly by those who value such things is off 0.36% at 0.86% of market share, down from 1.22% last year.

Graph of Operating System use April through October 2010

Click for chart: Operating System use April through October 2010

Operating System used to access Nash group of web sites
Sites are unpromoted: that is no significant advertising or link sharing is allowed so that the site can only be accidentally (randomly) discovered and does not attract people interested in any particular specialty, such as people who like a particular browser or operating system. Last full month is October 2010.
Operating System Number of requests Number of page requests Percent of OS Percent of use
1 Windows

94,770 29,840 39.93% 37.02%
Windows XP 54,481 21,660 57.49% 72.59%
Unknown Windows 35,367 6,375 37.32% 21.36%
Windows Server 2003 2,076 612 2.19% 2.05%
Windows 2000 1,324 528 1.40% 1.77%
Windows NT 678 259 0.72% 0.87%
Windows ME 259 164 0.27% 0.55%
Windows 98 200 112 0.21% 0.38%
Windows 95 287 92 0.30% 0.31%
Windows CE 74 26 0.08% 0.09%
Windows 3.1 24 12 0.03% 0.04%
2 OS unknown

47,692 29,582 20.10% 36.70%
3 Known robots

19,373 10,703 8.16% 13.28%
4 Unix

64,895 8,809 27.34% 10.93%
Linux 64,893 8,808 99.9969% 99.9886%
BSD 2 1 0.0031% 0.0015%
5 Macintosh

10,587 1,665 4.46% 2.07%
6 Symbian OS

13 2 0.01% 0.00%

Total Use

237,332 80,603 100.00% 100.00%
Graphic of Web Browser use April through October 2010

Click for chart: Web Browser use April through October 2010

Browser used to access Nash group of web sites
Sites are unpromoted: that is no significant advertising or link sharing is allowed so that the site can only be accidentally (randomly) discovered and does not attract people interested in any particular specialty, such as people who like a particular browser or operating system. Last full month is October 2010.

Browser Type Number of requests Percent of use



1 MSIE 68,158 28.72%
2 Safari 63,797 26.88%
3 Firefox 35,609 15.00%
4 Netscape (compatible) 32,261 13.59%
5 msnbot 6,265 2.64%
6 Mozilla 3,652 1.54%
7 Yandex 2,893 1.22%
8 Googlebot-Image 2,777 1.17%
9 WordPress 2,713 1.14%
10 Baiduspider+(+http: 2,160 0.91%
11 Java 2,048 0.86%
12 Opera 2,037 0.86%
13 Sogou web spider 1,336 0.56%
14 panscient.com 1,166 0.49%
15 LinkedInBot 1,012 0.43%
16 NextGenSearchBot 771 0.32%
17 Sosospider+(+http: 725 0.31%
18 http: 595 0.25%
19 TwengaBot-Discover (http: 497 0.21%
20 AdsBot-Google (+http: 496 0.21%
[not listed: 189] 6,362 2.68%

Total Use 237,330 100.00%




Note: this article is the writers personal opinion. It is based upon almost 40 years of experience in small computers and communications, but it is still an opinion.It is presented AS IS. All use is at your own risk.


Ubuntu 10.10 for Netbook and Smart Phone

In their article today “Ubuntu 10.10 (“Maverick Meerkat”) Review” ExtremeTech.com discussed their testing of the new Ubuntu 10.10 for netbook and smart phone, including their new cloud which provides 2GB storage free, with more for a low price. I recommend the read.

It has multi-touch (assuming your hardware does a minimum of four-finger multi-touch)

Free 2GB cloud storage

A client for Microsoft windows so you can use your free cloud on older Microsoft PCs

They have a mobile plan for $3.99/month so you can access your cloud from your iPhone or Droid phone, for example to stream your music. No limitations to usage.

It has “Unity”, a feature that lists icons for your most used apps down the left side of your screen, like a phone. They expect if netbooks are going anywhere they will need to include touch screens. Thus they are a little ahead of the game: you touch the app to launch instead of browsing through menus. The menus are still there: you don’t need them most of the time.

Of course the workspace switcher is still there so you can not only have multiple windows open at a time, you can have multiple desktops each with multiple windows open. I use this a lot when I am being interrupted — just click on the workspace switcher to pick a currently unused workspace, deal with the interruption, then click back on the workspace you were using before to return to exactly where you left off. Also good for quickly switching from reading the comics to reading email when someone walks up to chat.

I can not say how the cloud stuff works from my own experience, although I can tell you it simply appears like any other network disk in your Computer window. I guess I just don’t trust putting my files out on the Internet, no matter who promises me nothing will happen. Still, the inherent ability for Linux (for years) to simply connect to any other *ix type computer  tells me it should be no problem — it just opens in your file manager / navigator like everything else.

I did upgrade my Ubuntu desktop 10.04 automagically to 10.10 some time ago — it took a while but it was painless and automatic, AND I could continue to use the PC even while it was being upgraded. I also like the GWibber feature which lets me watch my FaceBook and Twitter unobtrusively while I work — if something new comes in the launcher will blink to tell me so. The only downside I experienced was on my desktop at work I heavily rely on VMware, and VMWare did not compile in the latest release — a common problem with VMWare — so I was forced to fall back to the prior version. VMWare will eventually catch up, it is just irritating that I pay these people money and then must wait a few months before I can use the product again.

Hope this Helps!

-jdn-

Another article you may enjoy is the “8 Reasons to Build Your Own PC”. You can find it here.


Facebook’s privacy problems are like a centipede with footwear issues.

Robert X. Cringely reports on yet more issues with FaceBook and its gaming industry collecting private information from FaceBook users without their knowledge or consent. We already knew there had been a technical snafoo where UIDs — personally identifiable information which can be used to collect your profile information, including your list of friends and their email addresses — could have been used to collect our private information. Now it has been discovered that not only was this going on, but some gaming companies were exploiting it deliberately and have been selling our private information to data warehouses for resale to the highest bidders.

See Cringely’s article at http://www.infoworld.com/d/adventures-in-it/surprise-your-facebook-data-sale-849 for details.



Global spam levels drop

From a CyberSecurity blog link, it seems one of the major SPAM sources has suddenly bolted. Russian SPAM King Igor A. Gusev has apparently fled the country in the onset of a government investigation into his activities. It is unknown whether the investigation was spawned as a response to ZeuS/ZBOT adding Russian banks to its targets this time, or if Igor simply forgot to pay his protection money. He accounted for about 1/5 of the SPAM on earth.