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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