What are people using to read this blog?

I make a rough guess that they are using the same tools they are using on their desktops or laptops. It is a guess.
This said, some interesting trends emerge from ~2 months of data and 2000-3000 visitors per day.

Visitors OS:

Visitors OS


Visitors browser client

Search engines

search engines

Ok, I am surprised. 21% of visitors appear to be using Linux. Ok, more than that, that under 70% appear to be using windows flavors. 6% using MacOSX. Last I heard MacOSX was on its way to dominate desktops the world over. Looks like it needs to deal with Linux before it can deal with windows.
Next “surprise”. Internet Explorer 5+6+7 are less than Firefox 2. We have seen companies whole-sale replace IE with FF on windows, and of course, IE is not an option under Linux (unless you run CodeWeavers tools). Since OSX is so far down, it doesn’t surprise me that Safari isn’t all that popular. Though I guess I am surprised that it is about 1/3 of the MacOSX number. This suggests Mac users may not be using Safari, but something different. FF?
Search engine traffic doesn’t surprise me. Google dominates.
Basically I am reporting this as these numbers are actual measurements right off our system. They are not sales figure estimates of installed base, or new sales. Basically I am pointing out, that with some sizable error bars, Linux may in fact be a far more popular desktop than people imagine.
Real numbers have a habit of destroying incorrect theories. This said, they have to be taken in the context that this is a limited audience blog (3000+ hits/day is not a bad volume). That and a single sample size. So YMMV. But the numbers are intriguing.

5 thoughts on “What are people using to read this blog?”

  1. For my blog OSX is at 19% and Linux at 9% and Windows at 70%. Firefox accounts for 55% of browser traffic and search engines. For all practical purposes there is only one 🙂 (over 95% via GOOG)

  2. How are Google Reader, Yahoo Pipes, etc. counted? Each acts as a very handy intermediary which then offers a stream to whatever reader you want (or Google’s web suckerface)…

  3. @anon
    This is our RSS traffic. This is about 40-50% of the overall traffic on any given day. We can see some breakdown of the clients, but not enough to determine details of which user is on which OS using the client (or through which browser …)

  4. I’m not so surprise. You are not writing for general publicity and in your target is a bit specific. I guess that number of Linux/UNIX users can be even bigger as some of them try to avoid leaving this kind of informations.

  5. Just for kicks I looked at my numbers (one would expect them to be about the same…same audiences…).
    Browsers 52% FF, 35% IE (all), 6% Safari.
    OS 71% Win, 15% Linux, 12% Mac (interestingly, .31% “iPhone”, .04% PlayStation 3)
    My MacOS traffic breaks out as evenly split between FF and Safari, with a smidge of Camino thrown in. On Linux its FF, with a little “Mozilla” and Konqueror.
    SE’s…there’s only one.

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