GNOME Desktop Number in some perspective

Just found this which said,
HP today announced that it has set an industry-first milestone by shipping more than 1 million Linux servers to customers since 1998, 45 percent more than any other major hardware vendor.

This implies that HP plus the second vendor has shipped together just under 2 millions copies of Linux servers. Now that I am not sure how many subsequent vendors are there. My guess it would not more than 5 major vendors who ship Linux server in major numbers, I guess these include IBM, Redhat and SuSE.

Looking at these number from the desktop perspective, in particular GNOME. We know the major version of GNOME 2.0 was shipped in 2000. Therefore, many of these server shipped did not include a major version of GNOME Desktop. Most data indicated that Linux Server is the first being adopted, therefore we can reliably assume that there are more copies of Linux server shipped than there are copies for Deesktop. Assume HP has shipped a copy of GNOME with its server since and assuming linux is getting more popular than ever before, we assume 90% of the 1 million copies were shipped since 2000. This means 900,000 copies of GNOME were shipped. Pretty impression.

But looking at the Solaris 10 download number, closer to 2 million download since 31st of January 2005. Solaris 10 does bundles both CDE and GNOME 2.6 branded as JDS (Java Desktop System). Assuming half of the number downloaded uses GNOME as their desktop, we are talking about 1 million JDS/GNOME users. Pretty much the same number as the HPs Linux servers. If the GNOME community is looking to spread GNOME as the Open Source Desktop, please do not ignore these numbers!

I know some think Solaris is a pain, is really the last Unix competitor to fight against! But for the Open Source GNOME community, Solaris is really a competitor you should love to hold onto. With Solaris, suddenly, you are 2 million bettter than KDE )
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