Linux Makes Historic Gains: Desktop Market Share Hits 4% Milestone

Exciting news for Linux enthusiasts!

Statcounter, a trusted source for market share data, reports that Linux on the desktop has surpassed a significant milestone: over 4% market share for the first time ever. While Statcounter doesn’t offer an official explanation, some compelling possibilities emerge.

Since late 2020, Linux has been steadily gaining ground, climbing from a mere 1.53% market share. One major factor influencing this growth could be the stringent hardware requirements of Windows 11. Many users found their devices incompatible due to the lack of TPM 2.0 support, forcing them to stick with the aging Windows 10 or seek an alternative.

The recent Windows 11 24H2 update further compounded the issue with stricter hardware demands, leaving even more users in a bind.

Unlike Windows 11, Linux distributions generally boast much lower hardware barriers. While most major distros have phased out 32-bit support, some options still cater to older machines.

Additionally, Linux doesn’t enforce requirements like TPM 2.0 or secure boot, making it a more accessible choice for a wider range of users.

Another potential contributor to the Linux boom is the increasing comfort level people have with computers. Growing up with technology has instilled greater confidence in users, making the prospect of trying Linux less daunting. The significant improvements in Linux installers further reduce the perceived complexity, making the transition smoother than ever.

The shift towards online services and software becoming readily available on Linux also plays a role. With cloud-based solutions and vendors actively supporting Linux platforms, the entry barrier has significantly decreased. The Linux kernel’s out-of-the-box hardware support ensures easier setup for most users.

Plus, let’s not forget the economic climate. With stagnant wages and rising inflation, many individuals are looking for ways to save money. Switching to Linux allows them to breathe new life into older computers, extending their lifespan and keeping them out of landfills, contributing positively to the environment.

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Authored by Mark Hoffman
Mark is a troubleshooting expert who has helped countless people fix errors and get their computers working again. At Eeebuntu, he mainly covers troubleshooting guides, listicles, and product reviews.