The OpenSolaris Top 20

Here are the top 20 countries visiting since we opened on June 14, 2005:

 01.  United States 35.9 %
 02.  Germany 6.6 %
 03.  United Kingdom 5.9 %
 04.  Japan 4.7 %
 05.  Canada 3.9 %
 06.  France 3.3 %
 07.  India 3.0 %
 08.  Australia 2.4 %
 09.  Italy 2.3 %
 10.  China 2.2 %
 11.  Netherlands 2.2 %
 12.  Spain 1.8 %
 13.  Poland 1.7 %
 14.  Sweden 1.6 %
 15.  Brazil 1.6 %
 16.  Russian Federation 1.5 %
 17.  Switzerland 1.1 %
 18.  Singapore 1.0 %
 19.  South Korea
0.9 %
 20.  Czech Republic 0.9 %

I'm not at all surprised by the distribution of countries, but the percentage spread is still somewhat surprising more than a year later. I would have though that the countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America would make up a bigger percentage of the traffic by now. But, in fact, the traffic from the U.S. and Western Europe has actually increased slightly faster in 2006 when compared to 2005. Looking back on how we opened the project during the first year, I think that perhaps this makes sense. Also, to me it still represents a gigantic opportunity for growth for the OpenSolaris community. Several things are happening now that will probably change these numbers during the last quarter of 2006 and the first half of 2007. Language is absolutely an issue, and we'll be addressing that as well as engaging more of these non-western regions directly.

It's easy to track this stuff over time, so we'll see what happens when the percentage of traffic from the U.S. begins to drop as activity increases in other areas. The U.S. will provide the vast majority of traffic for the near future, but I'd like to see these numbers more evenly distributed from across the world as the community grows and diversifies. Again. It's pure opportunity for growth out there ...


I'm curious wether these numbers were made using some form of geo-ip lookup or just by the domain? (just by domain would explain a lot of the .us bias)
Another thing that might change the numbers significantly was if you factored in the number of people with internet access in a given country - then I'm pretty sure countries in eastern europe and asia will start moving up the list.
There's also the population factor - take a place like .nl with rougly 15 million people - factored up to .us size that would suddenly start looking even better than .us.
As for here in .dk, we've mainly got opensource groups with either linux or bsd focus, so the only opensolaris related presentation we've seen was about zfs. We're working on getting some more attention towards opensolaris, but we're not seeing much from Sun on that front.

Posted by Mads Toftum on September 20, 2006 at 01:17 PM JST #

It is important to bear in mind that the western Europe is a Windows stronghold. That's why you're seeing only a slight raise. There simply aren't very many UNIX experts in Europe, largely because Europeans are much less sedimentary than Americans, and therefore have a lot less time for and interest in computers.

Posted by ux-admin on September 20, 2006 at 08:06 PM JST #

Mads ... I got the data using Omniture, which I understand uses a Digital Envoy technology to do geographic tracking based on IP addresses. And yes, it would be interesting to see the numbers adjusted for percentages in each country, but I have no clue how to do that. :) At this early stage in the community, I'd just be happy to see more diversity on the site with more languages. That is happening, actually, but the growth in the West (English) is skewing the numbers a bit. That's a bit surprising to me. I had though the East would take off much faster. We'll see.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 21, 2006 at 09:08 AM JST #

ux .... "Europeans are much less sedimentary than Americans" ??? I have no idea what that means. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 21, 2006 at 09:28 AM JST #

Jim, is traffic from Sun people excluded from the numbers? I think that may affect numbers significantly. Anyway I'm trying to do my best to move Russia higher in the table ;-)

Posted by Victor Latushkin on September 21, 2006 at 07:50 PM JST #

Victor ... yes, Russia is moving! No queston about it. :) And Sun employees are included, yes. I make no distinction between Sun and non-Sun.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 23, 2006 at 05:15 PM JST #

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