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  • isn't Linux desktop users below 5 percent
    What happened to the MS Windows World Dominance

    Someone is cheating on this poll "G"
    • But this is a Perl forum. I wouldn't mind betting Linux > Win within perl users.
      • by jonadab (3872) on 2003.01.25 23:00 (#16386) Homepage
        Yep, several reasons for this...
        • All major *n?x distros come with Perl. Windows not only doesn't come with Perl, but looking for Windows software doesn't usually result in finding Perl, and none of the Windows tech books talk much about Perl, either.
        • People who write Perl are usually somewhat technically inclined; there are Windows users who are technically inclined, but they are in the minority. Notice also that NT beat out 9x, even though Windows 98SE alone has way more desktop market share than all versions of NT combined (though not to the same extent as a year ago). Overall market share on the desktop is one thing, and market share among power users is another thing.
        • Unix users are about five times as likely as Windows users to know what operating system they are using (or what an OS is), and about fifty times more likely to care about it enough to bother with a poll on the subject. (The same applies to MacOS; that pre-X MacOS scores so badly in the poll probably says a lot about MacPerl's popularity, related to the above points.)
        -- jonadab