Migrating This Blog

Just a quick heads up that I am moving this blog to wordpress.com. I’d like to resume blogging at less sporadic intervals, so stay tuned. All subscriptions, permalinks and settings should have been preserved during the migration. If you notice any issues, let me know ASAP. Thanks.

 

–jeremy

LinuxQuestions.org Turns Eleven

I’m extremely excited to announce that exactly eleven years ago today I made my very first post at LinuxQuestions.org. As I’ve stated numerous times, since then LQ has exceeded my expectation in every way. 4,382,316 posts and 457,176 registered members does not even begin to tell the story. The community and mod team that has grown at LQ is truly amazing and something that I’m very proud to be a part of. I’d like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation, dedication and feedback.

To say that feedback has been absolutely critical to our success is an understatement. It would be impossible to enumerate the features we’ve added or changes we’ve made as a direct result of member feedback. With that in mind, I’d like to use this thread to collect as much feedback as possible about LQ. What are we doing well and where can we improve? What new features or sections would you like to see? What should we be doing differently? As part of our birthday celebration, we’ll be giving away Contributing Member updates, LQ Merchandise and even a gratis pass to OSCON 2011 in Portland. Stay tuned for more details.

With more than a decade under our belts, you may be wondering what’s next for LQ. I’m happy to say that after eleven years, our mission remains as laser focused now as it was when I started the site; to be the absolute best resource we can be for the Linux and Open Source community. With the recent launch of The Questions Network, we also plan to use what we’ve learned at LQ and apply it to other related topics. The second TQN member site, AndroidQuestions.org, was recently taken out of BETA and we’re continuing to stabilize and improve the next generation platform that will soon run LQ. We anticipate adding other sites to the network as it makes sense, although a final decision for the next topic has not been decided yet (and we’re certainly open to feedback on that topic). Once nice thing about TQN is that, once you’re a member of one site you can use your credentials on any other member site. We’ll likely add OpenID, twitter, facebook and other identity providers to the mix soon which will make it easier than ever to participate.

Here’s to the next eleven years.

–jeremy

Blog Update

As you’ve likely noticed, this blog has been fairly quiet as of late (although I continue to tweet regularly). I’d like that to change however, as I’ve felt both constricted by the 140 character nature of twitter and disappointed about how they treat their ecosystem. Stay tuned for more regular updates here.

–jeremy

Happy New Year & Browser and OS stats for 2010

First, I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year on behalf of the entire LQ team. 2010 has been another great year for LQ and we have quite a bit of exciting developments in store for 2011, including a major code update. I’ve posted to this blog far less frequently in 2010 than I’d have liked to, and I’m going to work to change that this year (I do post to twitter fairly often, for those interested).

As has become tradition, here are the browser and OS statistics for the main LQ site for all of 2010 (2009 stats for comparison).

Browsers
Firefox 57.11%
Chrome 16.44%
Internet Explorer 16.40%
Safari 3.43%
Opera 3.25%
Mozilla 2.21%
Konqueror .47%

Firefox is now on a multi-year slide while Chrome has passed IE to move into the number two position. Safari made some significant gains while Konqueror use was cut in half.

Operating Systems
Windows 51.71%
Linux 41.33%
Macintosh 5.78%
iPhone .21%
Android .15%

Windows use is slightly down this year while both Linux and OS X use are slightly up. As expected both iPhone and Android are up significantly. While Android saw more significant gains, it’s still a bit behind the iPhone. The iPad, for reference, is at .06%

I’d also like to take this time to thank each and every LQ member. You are what make the site great.

–jeremy

LinuxQuestions.org Turns Ten

I’m extremely excited to announce that just over 10 years ago today I made my very first post at LinuxQuestions.org, which served to introduce the site to the public. WOW. To say that LQ has exceeded every one of my expectations in the 3,655 days between then and now would be a monumental understatement. 441,743 members have made 4,007,867 posts in 807,878 threads. The LQ Wiki has 7,895 articles and LQ ISO has facilitated 12,185,643 downloads. LQ even has a new sister site of sorts in Linux Exchange. There’s one thing that has stayed consistent despite our continued growth, however, and that’s the fact that we have one of the best member communities on the web. I’d like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation, dedication and feedback. That we’ve been able to stay true to our goals for a decade is a testament to just how great our members are.

Feedback has been absolutely critical to our continued success and we really do listen. It would be impossible to enumerate the features we’ve added or changes we’ve made as a direct result of member feedback. With that in mind, I’d like to use this thread to collect as much feedback as possible about LQ. What are we doing well and where can we improve? What new features or sections would you like to see? What should we be doing differently? In addition to our fantastic members, I’d be remiss for not mentioning the LQ mods team. The amount of time and dedication they put into the site probably goes unnoticed by many. They keep LQ on topic and on point. The work you see them put into the forums is only the beginning and for that I can not thank them enough. LQ truly would not be what it is without them.

With a full decade under our belts, you may be wondering what’s next for LQ. I’m happy to say that a full ten years after we started, our mission remains as laser focused now as it was when I started the site; to be the absolute best resource we can be for the Linux and Open Source community.

–jeremy

LinuxQuestions.org Mobile OS Stats

While on the topic of mobile Linux, I thought it would be interesting to post the mobile Operating System stats for LQ year-to-date.

Operating Systems
iPhone 54.38%
Android 18.10%
iPod 17.29%
SymbianOS 4.82%
BlackBerry 2.08%
Windows 1.72%

Despite being a late entry into the mobile OS market, Android seems to be putting up some respectable numbers. What impact will this have on the long term viability of some of the other mobile operating systems? My guess is that many will cease to exist long term, including at least one of the ones listed above. Of noticeable absence above (and not even in the top 10 at LQ), is Palm WebOS.

Additional Reading:
LQ Browser and OS stats for 2009

–jeremy

2009 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners

The polls are closed and the results are in. You can view the detailed results here, but I’ll include a list of winners at the end of this post for convenience. This was the ninth annual LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards and we’ve set a record for participation each and every year. We once again had some extremely close races and a couple multi-year winners were unseated this year. KDE, which had won Desktop Environment of the Year every year we’ve had the MCA’s, was finally unseated… by Gnome (in a very close race). There’s quite a bit of interesting information in the data, so I recommend you check out the detailed results. You can also view the full results of previous MCA’s if you do a search.

The complete list of the winners is as follows (percentage of votes received in parentheses):

Desktop Distribution of the Year – Ubuntu (30.13%)
Server Distribution of the Year – Debian (24.24%)
Security/Forensic/Rescue Distribution of the Year – BackTrack (43.48%)
Database of the Year – MySQL (60.81%)
Office Suite of the Year – OpenOffice.org (90.76%)
Browser of the Year – Firefox (65.21%)
Desktop Environment of the Year – Gnome (41.96%)
Window Manager of the Year – Compiz (23.10%)
Messaging App of the Year – Pidgin (48.74%)
Mail Client of the Year – Thunderbird (53.48%)
Virtualization Product of the Year – VirtualBox (67.43%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year – Amarok (38.81%)
Audio Authoring Application of the Year – Audacity (77.26%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year – VLC (46.05%)
Video Authoring Application of the Year – FFmpeg (21.94%)
Multimedia Utility of the Year – GStreamer (32.84%)
Graphics Application of the Year – GIMP (66.48%)
Network Security Application of the Year – Nmap Security Scanner (29.85%)
Host Security Application of the Year – SELinux (39.26%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year – Nagios (51.11%)
IDE/Web Development Editor of the Year – Eclipse (23.28%)
Text Editor of the Year – vim (35.29%)
File Manager of the Year – Nautilus (24.92%)
Open Source Game of the Year – Battle for Wesnoth (15.45%)
Programming Language of the Year – Python (27.59%)
Backup Application of the Year – rsync (48.99%)
Open Source CMS/Blogging platform of the Year – WordPress (45.20%)

If you have feedback on how we can improve the Members Choice Awards, let us know.

UPDATE: Here’s a very nice user-contributed summary of the top 5 nominees in every category. Thanks Wesley.

OStatic has also covered the results.

–jeremy

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