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Landmark?: iPads now outnumber Linux devices browsing the Internet

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Landmark?: iPads now outnumber Linux devices browsing the Internet
Does this really count as a landmark? Regardless of what you might think of Linux, it's pretty amazing that any 'alternative' system like a smartphone or tablet can beat a traditional operating system. In the U.S. in April, iPads made up 1.18% of devices on the web, compared to Linux's 0.71%.

What's most amazing about this statistic is that it was for iPads only; no iPhones or iPods. So we can only imagine how much wider the iOS-Linux margin would have been had it included the full Apple mobile fleet.

And the iPad-predominance wasn't just in the iPad's home market. In the U.K., the iPad bested Linux with 0.94% to 0.74%. In Canada, the iPad had 0.91% versus Linux's 0.76%. The greatest margin was in the iOS-obsessed Australia, where the iPad had 1.19% to Linux's 0.66%.

Considering Apple's tablet is barely a year old, this accomplishment is pretty amazing. But one problem with Apple's success is that people become desensitized to it. So let's take a step back from the Android-iOS rivalry, and just appreciate that a single mobile device has bested a desktop OS.

source: Pingdom via TUAW

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posted on 21 Apr 2011, 20:36 1

1. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Linux OWNED!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 20:44 1

2. Hellothar (unregistered)


Windows 7 ftw

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:18 1

6. LostAgain (unregistered)


if you checked the source OS X is owned by even by Vista with Win7 #1 with Xp close behind in second.

However, something seems suspect. . . . it shows OS X at almost 15%. . . I don't think Mac has near that percentage of the market, thus I'm kinda curious as to what sites are being monitored--a few highly pro Apple sites?

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:14 3

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


please phonearena do something with there spam bots, thank you

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:31 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


+n on the Spambots.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 23:00 1

8. urdaddi (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jun 2010)


Yeah...I hate trying to get news from here because they allow these idiots to post this crap spam here.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 23:01 1

9. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


you can just report it as spam?

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 09:44 1

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


yes its being reported and they are not down yet, the system is easy to exploit so a better Human testing system needs to be installed, I also hope they are working on a fix for the thumbs system.... its ok when you get thumbs down because other member think your comment was not good but getting thumbed down to oblivion just because one person is abusing of the system is annoying

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 11:49 1

17. vitormv (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jan 2011)


WTB a captcha system. thanks.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 23:14 2

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This spam is Apple's fault. Screw those bastards

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 09:44 1

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


0.0 .

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 23:15 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@Luis - I have reported the spam and nothing has happened. I am wondering if PA isn't getting a fee for keeping the spam up for 24+ hours before taking it down?

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 02:53 1

12. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Yeah, more ios ipads are using the internet than Android devices. Good one. April Fools day again?

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 10:01 1

15. Confused (unregistered)


This doesn't make any sense since Android is Linux and Android has more phones sold then iPhone. So wouldn't this chart be wrong. Unless it is only showing Desktop Linux.

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 10:56 2

16. remixfa (Posts: 14049; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its only showing desktop linux. Is it really suprizing? Only the L33T3ST of l33ts use linux. Any idiot can pick up an ipad. Which do you think there is more of?


If this was showing systems based off linux in total, linux would be number one or at least a close #2. Both Mac and Android are linux based.

posted on 24 Apr 2011, 01:19

19. MuddyGeek (unregistered)


Mac OS X is BSD Unix based. Steve put a pretty GUI on it and called it done.

Linux includes servers, desktops, and mobile distributions including Android, MeeGo, and webOS.

Since this comparison is based on devices using the Internet (I'm assuming surfing the Internet, not holding it up such as Linux does), desktop and mobile systems are fair game. Windows does rain supreme on the desktop. OS X also beats out Linux. But to say that the iPad has already surpassed Linux is simply not logical. There are far more people walking with webOS phones than iPads. If that's not enough, considering the huge Android crowd and ice that cake with Linux desktop users.

This how article is statistically irrelevant. Its based off of a stat counter from 3 million websites. While that's a nice number, it leaves out the content of those websites and therefore the inherent bias of those websites' visitors.

When someone can bring to the table the precise number of iPad owners versus Android, et al, we can talk.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 11:00

18. Synack (unregistered)


Android is linux. So this article is invalid.

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