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April 10, 2024

Maintaining the Momentum: Linux’s Desktop Usage Stays Above 4%


StatCounter indicates that Linux’s presence on the desktop continues to increase and consistently holds over 4%, representing its best performance in the desktop arena to date.

The first surge past 4% occurred in February. Data from March demonstrates not only a maintenance of this marker, but a slight increase, solidifying the upward trend of Linux use. The proverb ‘slow and steady wins the race’ springs to mind.

Below is an overview of the past year’s progression:

Technically speaking, ChromeOS can also be categorized as Linux. If one combines Linux’s figures with those of ChromeOS, we see a proportion of 6.32%. For developers of all types, this figure is increasingly difficult to disregard. In the context of overall percentages, it may seem modest, yet when considering the actual size of the user base, this is a significant number.

Another perspective since 2009:

For those who suspect that this might be due to the Steam Deck with SteamOS, it’s unlikely to be the direct cause. StatCounter collects their information from web traffic across more than 1.5 million sites across the globe. It’s doubtful that many are browsing the web regularly on the Deck. However, indirectly? Possibly. I have seen many posts about people beginning to appreciate Linux thanks to the Desktop Mode on the Steam Deck. However, there would undoubtedly be various other larger factors at work here, like Linux’s improved efficiency on the desktop these days.

Examine the statistics on StatCounter.

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