Monday, September 1, 2008

Linux's Position in the Top Amazon Sellers

Here's a rundown of the and the OS standard with them. The results may change at any time so I've written them down here. Jump down if you just want the summary.

  1. ASUS Eee PC 1000H XP Home
  2. Asus U6V-B1-Bamboo 12.1-Inch Laptop Vista Business
  3. Asus F6V-C1-Green 13.3-Inch Laptop Vista Premium
  4. Asus F6V-C1-Pink 13.3-Inch Laptop Vista Premium 
  5. Asus F6V-C1-Black 13.3-Inch Laptop Vista Premium
  6. Asus F6V-C1-Blue 13.3-Inch Laptop Vista Premium
  7. Apple MacBook MB403LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop OS X
  8. Acer Aspire One 8.9" Mini Laptop XP Home 
  9. ASUS Eee PC 900 16G Xandros Linux
  10.  MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop XP Home
  11.  Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch Mini Laptop Linpus Linux Lite 
  12. Apple MacBook Pro MB133LL/A 15.4-inch Laptop OS X
  13. ASUS Eee PC 901 12G XP Home
  14. ASUS Eee PC 900 16G Xandros Linux
  15. Apple MacBook MB404LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop OS X 
  16. MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop XP Home 
  17. MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop Linux Novell SUSE 
  18. MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop Linux Novell SUSE 
  19. MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop Linux Novell SUSE 
  20. MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop XP Home 
  21. MSI Wind 10" Mini Laptop XP Home 
  22. ASUS Eee PC 901 20G Xandros Linux 
  23. Toshiba Satellite A205-S5871 15.4-inch Laptop Vista Premium 
  24. HP Pavilion DV6910US 15.4-inch Laptop Vista Premium
Of the top twenty four (the first page),
  • Seven are Vista Premium or Business
  • Seven are XP Home
  • Three are Xandros Linux
  • Three are Linux Novel SUSE
  • Three are OS X, and
  • One is Linpus Linux Lite
To consolidate the numbers, that means
  • Fourteen of some form of Windows (58%)
  • Seven are some form of Linux (29%), and
  • Three are OS X (13%).
These are not at all market share numbers, because the top ten spots have eight Windows machine, one OS X laptop, and only one with Linux, but the numbers are still encouraging. Even if there were more detailed sales information on the page, Amazon is not necessarily representative of the rest of the computer market.

I'm going to hazard a guess of 5% for Linux, an equal number for OS X, and 90% for Windows. Who knows what happens when the laptops get home.

Apple does much better on the , getting the top spot and five of the top ten, but Linux doesn't appear anywhere on the top 25. I know, you're shocked.


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