Linux Market Share 2021

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Quick look at Linux’s market share as a desktop operating system for the 1st quarter of 2021.

Market Share Increases 2%

According to StatCounter Globalstats Linux finished 2020 with a 1.93% market share. According to their latest data, Linux inched up to 1.97% by the end of the 1st quarter of this year. That’s roughly a 2% increase. Not too bad for a quarter, I’d say.

The overall picture is as follows:

Chrome OS has made a healthy jump from 1.72% to 2.09%, an increase of 21% and thus surpassing Linux. “Others” have also increased, pushing down both OS X and Windows.

Regional Distribution

While Linux’s share in North America dropped slightly, it has increased in all other parts of the world with Europe clearly leading at 2.23%.

If you’re curios about how the data is collected, check out Statcounter’s FAQ page:

Every month, we record billions of page views to these sites. For each page view, we analyse the browser/operating system/screen resolution used and we establish if the page view is from a mobile device

We’ll be updating the stats again after every quarter.



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1 year ago

Stop with the name game. ChromeOS is linux. Full stop. 7.9% of desktops are not Windows nor Mac. I doubt they are BSD, Unix or others. So most likely they are some sort of Linux OS. Other and Linux are the only OS increasing. Mac, windows and “ChromeOS” have been declining for months straight.

Last edited 1 year ago by michael