I was reading this article
a few minutes ago, and a conversation I had with a potential employer popped into my head.
It was an interview for a Microsoft ASP programmer I responded to about 3 years ago. They wanted a senior web engineer, and I responded with my PHP credentials, and for some reason, that led to an interview.
The interview was short, and highly condescending. I still don't understand why he wanted to talk to me at all. What he basically told me was this:
"Linux is good for hobbyists and people just beginning to understand technology. Microsoft is suited much more for the world of enterprise and corporations.
Basically, my response was short, but polite, and I went on my way.
The article I mentioned at the beginning of this entry was a breath of fresh air and reaffirmed my belief that Linux is much, much, much more than a hobbyist operating system.
Although the article I mentioned above is heavily biased the other direction, it made me ask the question, "What would happen to the cyber world if Linux were to magically disappear?"
According to the article, I would be surprised if the Internet itself continued to operate, if Linux was gone. Google would definitely be off-line, along with most major technology companies (except Microsoft, of course). The telephone system would collapse, a whole lot of TVs would stop working, and a bunch of other stuff.
I don't know how much of that is true, but it was sure nice to read.
One point of that article I didn't get, however, is the statistic that approximately 8% of all web traffic is used by Linux computers!?
I'm sorry, but I run 2 websites which are not technology based at all, and both get enough traffic to get an accurate sample. One gets 200,000 pageviews per month, and the other gets around 6000. Below are the statistics for both (screenshots of awstats)
Here's the one with the higher traffic:
That states that Linux is getting a whopping 0.6% of Internet traffic. As much as I love Linux, I'm not going to drink the cool-aid just yet. Numbers are good enough for me. (I love the fact that Firefox keeps growing, though. Almost 20% BUYAH!!!
Here's the next non-technical site:
Yup, a whopping 0.3% attributed to Linux. Keep in mind - these sites have *NOTHING
* to do with technology, and their demographic is 20-40 year olds - split right down the middle of males and females. So, this is just about as accurate as it's gonna get.
Here's one more for this site (www.ilovemyjournal.com). It's *highly
* biased toward Linux:
15% Linux users. I'll take that as kicking major bootie.
Anyway... Just some rambling thoughts about Linux which I hope someone other than me might find interesting.
Anyone else have stats on Linux usage for their sites? The higher the hit-count, the better.