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May 16, 2012, 05:33:47 PM
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What is the current % of Bitcoin users running windows, macOS and linux? Are there some data or charts available somewhere?

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May 16, 2012, 05:50:32 PM
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About 80% windows, 10% Mac, 7% Linux.



That's just for the Bitcoin.org client.

And those are rough numbers.  Linux users might not download and use apt-get (or other distribution method, or from the github repo itself) instead, for instance.

 - http://sourceforge.net/projects/bitcoin/files/Bitcoin/stats/os

That distribution doesn't vary greatly from overall usage:
 - http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=9&qpcustomb=0

[Update: O/S information isn't sent by the client so there is no way to determine from user agent info what O/S.
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/BIP_0014 ]

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May 16, 2012, 07:49:28 PM
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Nice figures, thanks for that!

But now I'm wondering how many Linux users use apt-get and other methods rather
than regular download...

I am sure the % of Bitcoin users running Linux must be way higher than 10%.

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May 16, 2012, 08:43:42 PM
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If you have a look at the MultiBit download numbers here:
https://github.com/jim618/multibit/downloads

They are, very roughly:

60% Windows
20% Mac
20% Linux

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May 17, 2012, 12:18:01 AM
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Based on the download counts on the Armory downloads page on Github, the last release of Armory was about

   70% Windows
   30% Linux
   0%   Mac [not supported!]

However, the stats are a little fuzzy because many users will actually install Armory on two different computers (online and offline), and many users download two different versions, maybe 3 or 4 if they get the versions wrong.  I've been recommending using Ubuntu for the offline system, because it's very simple to setup a linux system that only runs one program, even if you're normally a windows user.  That may be skewing the results a bit in favor of Linux (actually, does it matter?  They are setting up Bitcoin software on a linux system, maybe they should count anyway...)

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May 17, 2012, 01:21:29 AM
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I use git clone on Ubuntu.
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May 17, 2012, 05:25:16 AM
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<marketing spin on>

Linux marketing share quadruples in less than 24 hours

Stunning increases in Linux market share in Bitcoin have been reported. In less than 24 hours it has increased from 7%, to 20%, up to an impressive 30%.

Total installs for Windows, Mac and Linux have increased from 97% (80 + 10 + 7) to a high estimate of 130% (80 + 20 + 30).

The volume control in the cult movie 'This is Spinal Tap' famously went up to eleven.

Now with Bitcoin it goes all the way up to an ear-melting thirteen.

<marketing spin off>

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