Windows may still be the dominant operating system but in South Africa Linux has a good showing
We all know that Windows is the dominant operating system, around the world. But how popular is Linux?
According to analysts StatCounter, Linux is still minuscule in comparison with the Windows family of operating systems but there are some numbers worth looking at.
According to StatCounter Linux use, globally, makes up 0.77% of the market. Tiny even compared with Mac OS X's 5.53% at the end of June this year. Windows XP, on the other hand, dominates with 5.57% of the market, followed by Windows Vista at 18.46% and the rapidly rising Windows 7 with just over 17.85%. Since the start of 2010 Windows 7 has increased its share of the market by 10 percentage points.
根据StatCounter，Linux的全球使用率为0.77%。这个数字比今年六月底Mac OS X的5.53%还小要。另一方面，Windows XP主导着55.57%的市场，之后是18.46%的Vista和急剧增长的刚刚又过了17.85%的Windows 7。从2010年年初开始，Windows 7 的市场份额增长了10个百分点。
Looking at the Africa-specific numbers a few things become clear. The first is that Vista never really gained much traction in this market - it peaked at just over 10% market share - and has already been surpassed by Windows 7. Windows 7 had a 14.28% market share at the end of July.
看看非洲这个数字，事情就变得明了了。第一就是Vista的确获得了很多的市场份额--它达到了历史最高的10%市场占有率--然而又已经被Windows 7 超过了。Windows 7 在七月底已经有了14.28% 市场份额。
The second is that Apple's Mac OS X has far less traction in the African market than elsewhere, with just 1.18% market share.
第二就是苹果Mac OS X 在非洲大地上比在世界上任何其它地方都要受冷淡，才1.18% 市场份额。
The third thing is that Linux use in Africa in general is just half of what it is in the global market (0.43%). And presumably most of the use is driven by South Africa.
South African Linux
Drilling further down, to OS usage in South Africa, two things stand out. One is that Windows 7 has already overtaken Windows Vista in the local market. The other is that Linux use in South Africa is well above the global average of 0.8%. At 1.16% Linux use, South African Linux users make up more of the OS market than almost anywhere else in the world. At 1.16% it is not far behind the whole of Europe with 1.25% market share.
再深入下去，看看南非的操作系统分布情况，两个事实摆着。一是当地市场上Windows 7 已经追上了Vista ，另一个是Linxu在南非的使用超过0.8%的世界平均水平。凭着1.16%的Linux市场占有率，南非的Linux比世界上的任何其它地区更多地占 据着操作系统的一片天。其1.16% 的市场占有率也比整个欧洲的1.25% 差不了多少了。
Interestingly Finland has a hefty 2.68% market share. Perhaps unsurprising considering it is the birthplace of Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel.
有趣的是Linux在芬兰已经有了2.68% 之大的市场份额。考虑到芬兰是Linux kernel创造者Torvalds的出生地，也许也就不足为奇了。
Operating system market share Global Africa South Africa
Windows 7 17.85% 14.28% 19.69%
Mac OS X 5.53% 1.18% 4.23%
Linux 0.77% 0.43% 1.16%