Operating System Wars: The Technologizer Edition!

By  |  Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Technologizer on TreoOver at Daring Fireball, John Gruber has posted a report on the operating system versions used by his site’s visitors. (The almost-brand-new OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard already dominates.) I’m a longtime sucker for this sort of data. So here’s a quick report on the OSes that folks use to visit Technologizer.

These numbers are based on Google Analytics data for the past thirty days. Usage fluctuates enough that if I do this again in a few months–and hey, I probably will–the breakdown might be meaningfully different. But here’s what it is right now.

Sixty-six percent of you used Windows to visit the site:

  • Sixty-one percent were on XP
  • Twenty-nine percent ran Vista
  • Ten percent were on earlier versions (I see no Windows 7 users reported–it may be that the OS doesn’t identify itself as Win 7 to browsers.)

Twenty-four percent of you use Macs:

  • Fifty-four percent ran OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • Thirty-four percent had OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Eight percent used OS X 10.4 Tiger
  • Four percent had earlier versions
    (NOTE: The figures for Macs are updated from my original posting, which had eleven percent of Mac users on pre-10.4 versions of the OS: Eagle-eyed ┬áJohn Gruber thought that sounded high, and he was absolutely right–I wasn’t accounting for Power PC users. More than ninety percent of Mac users were on Intel systems, incidentally.)

Five percent of you used Linux, and Google Analytics isn’t telling me how the distributions broke down, unfortunately. (It’s presumably safe to say that Ubuntu predominates.)

Three percent of you came to the site via an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Not a huge number of folks, but it’s double the figure from a year ago.

Other devices and OSes that people have used to visit Technologizer in the past month–none amount to more than one-tenth of one percent of visitors:

  • BlackBerry
  • Symbian
  • Android
  • Sun
  • OS/2 (wow)
  • PlayStation
  • Wii
  • Danger Hiptop
  • PalmOS
  • FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD
  • Other Unix variants
  • BeOS (double wow)
  • PSP

A grand total of zero percent of you visited Technologizer on an Amiga in the past month, which makes me very, very sad…


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14 Comments For This Post

  1. Dandelo Says:

    Looks like windows 7 does make itself known to browsers, I guess Google Analytics is just behind the times: here’s one that does http://blog.webtrends.com/2009/01/23/windows-7-tracking-available-in-webtrends-analytics/

  2. Peggy Says:

    Well, let’s see…I account for 1 Vista, 1 XP, 1 Mac OS X 10.5, 1 Linux (Kubuntu) and one iPhone.

    I wonder if we have any other such repeat offenders.

  3. Daniel Says:

    I account for two XP, one Mac OS 10.61 and one iPhone 3gs. ­čÖé

  4. Michael Says:

    And now you have guaranteed several sympathy visits from Amiga-using visitors for the next time you report your stats! Maybe i’ll even fire up WinUAE…

  5. John Baxter Says:

    Perhaps you’re being tripped up by the known oddity that Windows 7 is version number 6.1? (It’s something in the water in Redmond that causes these things.)

    I’ve been visiting regularly with Windows 7RC (64-bit).

  6. garth Says:

    what about WebOS? does that just count towards the “PalmOS” umbrella?

  7. Backlin Says:

    Count me towards Windows 7, XP, Leopard (though not now) and Snow Leopard.

  8. Blain Says:

    Out of curiosity, what does WinCE, er, Windows Mobile, show up as?

  9. Sinclair Says:

    Man, not a single ZX Spectrum. I don’t believe it. It’s a goddam fix.

    Apart from that, do please tell us how the numbers changed after all the daring fireball readers found themselves here. I’d like to know that. Thanks. You’re great.

  10. Tom Says:

    OS/2 !!! It rings back sweet memories. But in 2009, God Damn !

  11. Harry McCracken Says:

    I’m sure the fact that John linked to this post and a bunch of DF readers dropped by–hi, everybody!–will increase the percentage of Mac users this month. This site is small enough that one story that appeals to a specific demographic can affect the overall breakdown.


  12. Juz Says:

    Harry is right, I just “fireballed” your OS X stats for next month. But damn, I do kinda wish I was visiting from my previously-owned much-beloved Amiga 1000.

  13. Brett Warner Says:

    I’m often here on android, today just using vista though.

  14. Erin Turner Says:

    For me, the best operating system is Linux because it rarely hangs.:*~

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