OS Wars

So I'm becoming obsessive about my stats. I use StatCounter to keep track of the webstats for my blog, and am always interested to see where my readers (what few of you there are) are coming from. It's not just the overall hit-count (which is, frankly, pretty anemic). Raw numbers are not that interesting. StatCounter is free -- for a limited log size -- and is able to collect some impressive stats on a website. I have been using it on this blog, as well as a bunch of other sites I maintain and run, for a while and love it. Aside from the raw numbers and hit-counts, there are lots of other interesting stats like referrers, returning visitors, keyword analysis (what people are searching for when they find my blog), etc.

So one of the more interesting things is the distribution of Operating Systems and Browsers. First the OSes:


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As I (and probably everyone else) expected, Windows is at the top of the list. Surprising to me is the strength of Linux! Sadly Mac OS X is trailing even Vista, but Linux!? Wow. Who knew.

Next up is the browser. For everyone who thought that the Browser Wars ended years ago and that Microsoft IE won, think again. It is clear to me that IE has lost. Big time.


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Firefox and Mozilla trounce IE. Handily. I was still under the (apparently) mistaken impression that most PC users just used IE. But this would indicate that Firefox/Mozilla is the true winner.

But the one I like the best is the Visitor Map.


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It shows where my readers live, or at least where they are reading my blog from. Google Mashups at their best. Readers from all over the planet.

Thanks for reading. And keep coming back!

[ Accuracy, n.:
The vice of being right ]
Comments:

Most of the visitor to sun's blog are technical user rather than non-technical users. I feel majority of the technical user use Firefox rather than IE because of multi-tab support and also Firefox much 'safer' to use than IE (any issue in IE makes the entire desktop, sometimes, to freeze. Any problem in FireFox just kill that!).
And it clear that Linux developers go for Java and Windows developers go for .Net (most of the time, even though .Net can run on Linux and Java can run on Windows!) - maybe if you take these statistics on a .Net blog, you will get 0% linux usage!

Your Vistors map gives one more clue - most of the developers (I mean Java developers) users are based on US, European nations and in India!

Posted by suresh on February 09, 2008 at 04:28 PM EST #

I would love to believe that IE has lost and firefox has won. Based on the data that you have collected all one can conclude is that users who access your sites strongly prefer firefox. What would be convincing is if this type of data collected by ebay, amazon, google, and yahoo show similar results.

Posted by sanjay on February 09, 2008 at 06:52 PM EST #

I might point out that since statcounter only tracks the last 100 guests, you are looking at a slice of your traffic. Check out a free service like GoStats which has much more liberal data limits and gives you a better day-by-day picture. It works great for me.

Posted by Ray on February 10, 2008 at 02:50 PM EST #

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