Mozilla's Global Usage Share Continues to Rise
Monday September 30th, 2002
According to OneStat.com, the global usage share of Mozilla 1.0 has doubled to 0.8 percent, making it the Web's seventh most popular browser. Netscape 7.0 has also seen its usage share increase, rising from 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent. However, Microsoft Internet Explorer still dominates the browser market with a total global usage share of 94.9 percent.
Thanks to Martin for the news.
by SubtleRebel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday October 4th, 2002 3:24 PM
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"So in other words, their sample is a very good approximation of the real world."
In the real world, many websites are biased against Mozilla (intentionally or unintentiuonally) and so if you base your stats on their usage then your stats are biased.
Regardless of whether their sample of websites accurately reflect the type of websites on the web is irrelevant. They are claiming that their stats reflect the distribution and usage of web BROWSERS, not websites. When you base your statistsics on websites that deny proper access to people who do not use IE then you are ignoring the fact that these people exist.
In the real world there are more games for PCs than for Macs; for sake of example, lets say that there 85% of games are for PC only, 14% are available for Mac and PC, and 1% are for Mac only. So you take a sample of games that reflect this real world distribution and monitor how many PC users play these games and how many Mac users play these games. With this information can you accurately determine how many Mac users play games compared to how many PC users play games? No, of course not. Likewise you can not determine how many people are using Mozilla by sampling usage of IE only websites.
"Yeah, these are my arguments against trying to bias it - pro Mozilla or pro IE. Any kind of inaccurate representation of the real world is bad."
My point is that it is already biased pro IE. Adding in some Mozilla bias will help equal out the already existing IE bias and make the results more accurate. If there ends up being too much Mozilla bias then oops. I would prefer it were not biased at all, but I doubt that is a reasonable expectation and if the results are going to be biased then I'd prefer that it be a Mozilla bias rather than an IE bias.