Linux market share grows vs. Windows and Mac OS X shrinkage

We're told Linux is the only OS with a growing market share: Windows and Mac OS X actually shrank. The Net Applications report also shows Windows 7 already dwarfing all versions of Mac OS combined. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers review the data.

By Richi Jennings. January 25, 2010.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention People In Order...
Emil Protalinski has been studying studies:

In December 2009, Linux was the only operating system to show positive percentage growth in market share. ... Windows market share dropped 0.31 percentage points ... Mac OS dipped 0.01 percentage points ... and Linux edged forward 0.02 percentage points. ... Strong sales from Windows 7 and Snow Leopard were not enough to stop both Windows overall and Mac OS overall from dropping.
Even if Windows is slowly losing share, Windows 7 is doing phenomenally well. ... [It] gained 1.71 percentage points ... meaning it has passed all versions of Mac OS. ... Windows Vista and Windows 7 together have just over a third of Windows XP's market share, while Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6 together have more than five times the market share of Mac OS 10.4.

Darren Murph baits Mac fanbois:

Now that the system has had a full quarter and change to make an impression, it looks as if [Windows 7's] growth isn't slowing down. According to new figures from Net Application, Win7 is achieving a higher level of market penetration in a faster amount of time than Vista did; after a month, Vista was stuck at 0.93 percent, while Win7 nailed the 4 percent mark.
What's most interesting, however, is that the overall market share of Windows 7 alone has now surpassed all OS X versions that are being tracked (10.4, 10.5 and 10.6), so put that in your pipe and smoke it. Smoke it long and hard.

Rachel King calls Windows 7 "the darling of the operating system market share":

A lot of Windows 7’s success is being attributed to the fact that it got the 2009 holiday season to boost sales numbers.
Interestingly, while it seems like Windows 7 was skyrocketing, almost everyone (Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS X) were all dropping percentage points in the last few months. Only Linux showed positive percentage growth in December 2009.

Bertrand gazes into his crystal balls:

At exactly one quarter after its launch, Windows 7 still does not show any signs of slowing down. ... Overall, Windows remains the most popular OS with 92.21% of the market. Mac OS X gets 5.11% of the market, and the remaining 1.02% goes to various Linux distributions.

Meanwhile, Angus Kidman reports on kiwi Linux developments:

A New Zealand high school running entirely on open source software has slashed its server requirements by a factor of almost 50, despite a government deal mandating the use of Microsoft software in all schools. ... A long-standing contract with the national government means the software giant is paid for technology for the school even though none has been used.
The implementation uses Ubuntu on the desktop and Mandriva for four key servers (one firewall, one storage and two KVM hypervisors). ... Applications used within the school include OpenOffice, Google Docs, Moodle for managing education content, and Mahara for student portfolios.
[The] dedicated server room ... [was] designed ... based on standard New Zealand school requirements, including four racks each capable of holding 48 servers for its main systems. The main infrastructure only requires four servers, suggesting an almost 50-fold saving on hardware requirements.

Mathew McBride adds useful linkage:

Watch out for the video release of the presentation ... Presentation details ... I hear the videos will be out in just over a week.
The way they do filtering with NuFW is interesting - it can authorize outgoing connections based on the _application_ that is trying to create the connection, by calling back to a PAM module on the client machine. And there are rulesets depending on the logged in user group. Beats forcing everyone to use proxies.

But wizardforce criticizes the Microsoft license:

The contract stipulates that Microsoft gets paid regardless of whether schools actually use their software. So while the schools may not be forced through contract to use MS software, it doesn't matter to Microsoft as they still get paid for non-existent software.
Well isn't that lovely. Demonstrably corrupt..

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