I’ve said for a while that Linux cannot possibly claim to have made it (whatever that means) as a desktop OS until more people are using it than Windows 95. Looking at IOL’s technical user statistics as broadly representative of the South African market, December saw 0.7% of our readers using Windows 95 against 0.54% Linux. However, 2005 has seen that sorry statistic righted. There are now more Linux users out there! Windows 95 has sunk to 0.51%, while Linux is racing away at, wait for it, 0.67%.
Perhaps not quite enough to satisfy the year of the Linux desktop proponents (and yes, perhaps it will be 2005 🙂 ), but there is one Open Source light that is showing phenomonal growth. Of course it’s the browser, Mozilla Firefox. 8.33% of our readers now use Firefox, while Internet Explorer is showing a marked decrease, down to 88.84%.