[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Usage in the UK

Kirrus kirrus at kirrus.co.uk
Mon Jul 30 18:42:53 BST 2007

----- "Chris Rowson" <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >From my own experience of talking to others and generally
> noticing
> > > trends I would say that Ubuntu gets more home usage than Mac OS in
> the
> > > UK.
> > >
> > > Does anyone have any facts or figures to confirm or deny this?
> Can
> > > anyone suggest any ways to get an idea of how true this is?
> > >
> > > Mac OS doesn't seem to be very successful in the UK but Ubuntu is
> > > getting very popular.
> > >
> > > Thanks.
> It's awkward to figure out how many people use Ubuntu in the UK, as
> unlike Mac OSX or Windows it isn't sold!
> Mark Shuttleworth suggested in 2006 that there where around 8 million
> Ubuntu users http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(Linux_distribution)
> so I suppose that's as close as you'll get ;-)
> In comparison Apple claims 15 million users of Mac OSX, so Ubuntu
> isn't doing too badly given the length of time its been around.

Regarding the idea of using a website, Firefox on Ubuntu does report that it is running on ubuntu, however, all the statics packages I've come across only know it as `Unknown variant of Linux`. If you can, get hold of the server's logs. Some statistical checks on that should give you an idea.

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