Linux makes gains as Windows and Mac OS slip

Data by web metrics firm Net Applications shows that while both Windows and Mac OS lost usage share in May, Linux made a small gain.

Data by web metrics firm Net Applications shows that while both Windows and Mac OS lost usage share in May, Linux made a small gain.

Here's the data for May:

  • Windows: 91.28% (down 0.18%)
  • Mac: 5.27% (down 0.05%)
  • Linux: 1.13% (0.08%)

While the gain made by Linux is a small one, it is a gain nonetheless, and it's interesting to note that while commercial operating systems are losing usage share, the free open source OS is gaining share.

On the browser front, IE and Firefox both lost usage share, while Chrome, Safari and Opera all made gains:

  • Internet Explorer: 59.69% (down 0.26%)
  • Firefox: 24.35% (down 0.24%)
  • Chrome: 7.05% (up 0.32%)
  • Safari: 4.77% (up 0.05%)
  • Opera: 2.43% (up 0.13%)

Chrome is making good ground on Firefox, and if Mozilla isn't careful and start playing things more aggressively, Chrome could easily be the #2 browser is a few years.

Net Applications measures operating system usage by tracking computers that visit the 40,000 sites monitored for clients, which represents a pool of about 160 million unique visitors each month. This data is then weighted based on the estimated size of each country’s Internet population.