Feedback on New Q&A column on OpenSource.com

I’m launching a new Q&A column on Opensource.com and I’m fine-tuning what topics I’ll cover. Anything Linux, Open Source and community-related are fair game. What do you wish you’d known about Linux before you started using it? What questions do you have about building and maintaining communities? What would you like to know about contributing to an Open Source project? If I use your question in the column, you will get full attribution (and I’m certainly interested in hearing general feedback about the column itself).

–jeremy

Happy New Year & Browser and OS stats for 2015

I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year on behalf of the entire LQ team. 2015 has been another great year for LQ and we have quite a few exciting developments in store for 2016, including a major code update that is now *way* overdue. As has become tradition, here are the browser and OS statistics for the main LQ site for all of 2015 (2014 stats for comparison).

Browsers
Chrome 47.37%
Firefox 37.81%
Internet Explorer 6.86%
Safari 4.90%
Opera 1.11%
Edge 0.42%

For the first time in many years, browser stats have not changed in any meaningful way from the previous year. Chrome is very slightly up, and Firefox and IE are very slightly down (although Edge does make its initial appearance in the chart).

Operating Systems
Windows 52.42%
Linux 31.45%
Macintosh 10.75%
Android 3.01%
iOS 1.53%

Similar to the browser, OS shares have remained quite stable over the last year as well. 2015 seems to have been a year of stability in both markets, at least for the technical audience that comprises LinuxQuestions.org. Note that Chrome OS has the highest percentage of any OS not to make the chart.
I’d also like to take this time to thank each and every LQ member. You are what make the site great; without you, we simply wouldn’t exist. I’d like to once again thank the LQ mod team, whose continued dedication ensures that things run as smoothly as they do. Don’t forget to vote in the LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards, which recently opened.

–jeremy

LinuxQuestions.org Turns Fifteen

WOW. Fifteen years ago today I made the first post ever at LQ, introducing it to the world. 15 Years. I know I’ve said it before, but 5,354,618 posts later the site and community have exceeded my wildest expectations in every way. The community that has formed around LQ is simply amazing. The dedication that the members and mod team has shown is both inspiring and truly humbling. I’d like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation and feedback. While there is always room for improvement, that LQ has remained a friendly and welcoming place for new Linux members despite its size is a testament to the community. Reaching this milestone has served to energize and refocus my efforts on making sure the next fifteen years are even better than the first fifteen. Visit this thread for more on how we plan to do that. We can’t do it without you.

–jeremy

Android Version Stats for LQ Mobile (2014)

With the recent news that Google will not patch the WebView vulnerability in versions of Android <= 4.3, I thought it would be a good time to look at the Android version stats for LQ Mobile. You can see stats from seven months ago here. Also, a reminder that AndroidQuestions.org is now a part of The Questions Network.

Platform Version
Android 4.4 33.14%
Android 4.1 16.82%
Android 4.2 11.18%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 10.11%
Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 9.69%
Android 5.0 9.44%
Android 4.3 6.96%
Android 2.2 1.82%

So, how has the Android version landscape changed since the last post and what are the implications of the WebView vulnerability in that context? Android 4.4 is still the most common version, with over a third of the market. Versions 4.2 and 4.3 are still common, but less so than previously. Versions 4.0.3/4.0.3 and 2.3.x are both very old and still fairly popular with roughly 10% each. That’s disappointing. Lollipop adoption among LQ Mobile users is significantly higher than Google is seeing generally (still less than .1%) which isn’t surprising given the technical nature of LQ members. Even with that advantage, however, roughly half of LQ Mobile users are using a version of Android that’s vulnerable. Given that data, it’s easy to understand why Google has broken out quite a bit of functionality/code into Google Play Services, which they can update independently of handset manufacturers and carriers

–jeremy

Happy New Year & Browser and OS stats for 2014

I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year on behalf of the entire LQ team. 2014 has been another great year for LQ and we have quite a few exciting developments in store for 2015, including a major code update that we originally had planned for 2013. A few highlights: LQ ISO recently surpassed 55,000,000 Linux downloads. AndroidQuestions.org and ChromeOSQuestions.org continue to grow. Outside The Questions Network, I think we’ve really hit our stride on Bad Voltage.

As has become tradition, here are the browser and OS statistics for the main LQ site for all of 2014 (2013 stats for comparison).

Browsers
Chrome 45.34%
Firefox 39.00%
Internet Explorer 8.12%
Safari 4.57%
Opera 1.29%
Android Browser 0.56%

A big change here, as Chrome has finally supplanted Firefox as the most used browser at LQ (and has done so quite handily).

Operating Systems
Windows 52.58%
Linux 32.32%
Macintosh 10.62%
Android 2.42%
iOS 1.44%

Linux usage has remained fairly steady, while OS X usage is now over 10% for the first time ever.

I’d also like to take this time to thank each and every LQ member. You are what make the site great; without you, we simply wouldn’t exist. I’d like to once again thank the LQ mod team, whose continued dedication ensures that things run as smoothly as they do. Don’t forget to vote in the 2014 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards, which recently opened.

–jeremy

LinuxQuestions.org Turns Fourteen

I’m extremely proud to announce that exactly fourteen years ago today I made my very first post at LinuxQuestions.org. As has become tradition, here’s a quick post looking back on the past year and ahead to the next. 5,169,549 posts and 532,989 members (899,500 members have actually registered, but we have a very active pruning policy for members who have never posted) does not even begin to tell the story. As I’ve said previously, the community that has not only grown but flourished at LQ is both astounding and humbling. I’d like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation and feedback. I’d also like to thank the mod team, whose level-headed decisions and dedication have been a cornerstone of the site’s success. As part of our birthday celebration, we’ll be giving away Contributing Member updates, and even some LQ Merchandise. Visit this thread for more details.

This year has been another year of solid growth, both for LQ and The Questions Network. While we once again delayed the code update that we had planned for LQ, both ChromeOSQuestions.org and AndroidQuestions.org are running the latest platform. We have a couple items to work out, but LQ should be moving to the the new platform some time this year. Once that happens, we have some exciting new features and functionality we think you’ll enjoy. If you think there is anything we can do to improve, don’t hesitate to let us know.

–jeremy

Happy New Year & Browser and OS stats for 2013

I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year on behalf of the entire LQ team. 2013 has been another great year for LQ and we have quite a few exciting developments in store for 2014, including a major code update that we originally had planned for 2013. This year brought a new ChromeOS related site to The Questions Network, joining AndroidQuestions.org and LinuxExchange. In addition, LQ ISO recently surpassed 30,000,000 Linux downloads.

As has become tradition, here are the browser and OS statistics for the main LQ site for all of 2013 (2012 stats for comparison).

Browsers
Firefox 41.75%
Chrome 40.43%
Internet Explorer 9.63%
Safari 4.13%
Opera 2.02%
Android Browser 0.71%

Firefox usage (as a percentage) continues to decline at LQ, and it appears likely that it will be surpassed by Chrome next year. IE usage has fallen into a single digit percentage for the first time since we’ve posted the annual update.

Operating Systems
Windows 52.24%
Linux 34.77%
Macintosh 9.44%
Android 1.58%
iOS 1.31%

Linux usage is once again down slightly, as is Windows usage. Macintosh is slightly up and both Android and iOS have cracked into the single digit percentages.

I’d also like to take this time to thank each and every LQ member. You are what make the site great; without you, we simply wouldn’t exist. I’d like to once again thank the LQ mod team, whose continued dedication ensures that things run as smoothly as they do. Don’t forget to vote in the 2013 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards , which recently opened.

–jeremy

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