Linux More Bark Than Bite With Web Users, According to WebSideStory's StatMarket

Despite Media Hype and Corporate Support for Linux Operating Systems,

Web Usage Share Remains Less Than One Percent Worldwide



Dec 19, 2001, 00:00 ET from WebSideStory, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- WebSideStory, Inc.
 ( www.websidestory.com ), the world's leading provider of outsourced
 e-business intelligence services, today reported that despite much hype and
 expectation in recent years, Linux has failed to gain market share from
 Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) operating systems.  As of
 December 17, 2001, Linux held a global usage share of only 0.24 percent,
 according to WebSideStory's StatMarket ( www.statmarket.com ), a Web
 development optimization service and the leading source for data on global
 Internet user trends.  This compares with Microsoft's Windows and Apple's
 Macintosh operating systems, which hold a combined global usage share of more
 than 98 percent.  For almost three years, Linux usage share has fluctuated
 between .2 and .3 percent, with no substantial growth.  Usage share is the
 percentage of Internet surfers that are using a particular operating system.
     Unlike Windows and Macintosh systems, Linux is not owned or operated by a
 particular company, but is supported by corporations and individual
 programmers.  Linux generated a lot of excitement in the late 1990s when it
 became seen as an increasingly viable, free alternative to paid operating
 systems from market leaders Microsoft and Apple.  Despite its continued low
 usage rate among Web users, however, Linux has large corporate distribution
 channels.
     "Linux has made inroads as a server operating system, but not on
 desktops," said Geoff Johnston, vice president product marketing for
 StatMarket.  "Its adoption rate among Web users remains miniscule, even in
 three years' time."
     StatMarket ( www.statmarket.com ) publishes information gathered from more
 than 80 million Internet users a day to more than 125,000 sites worldwide
 using WebSideStory's HitBox(R) Enterprise ( www.hitboxenterprise.com ) and
 other HitBox e-business intelligence services.  The service segments
 information from visitors in 245 countries, and 120 industry categories.
     For information about a StatMarket subscription, visit www.statmarket.com
 or call 858.546.0040 x244.
 
     About StatMarket
     StatMarket ( www.statmarket.com ) is a Web development optimization
 service that provides valuable market share data on browsers, operating
 systems, screen resolutions, and more.  The service is geared for Web site
 designers, software developers, and market researchers who need accurate data
 to build the most effective sites and products possible.  StatMarket publishes
 information gathered from more than 80 million Internet users a day to more
 than 125,000 sites actively using WebSideStory's HitBox(R) Enterprise and
 other HitBox real-time, e-business intelligence services.  StatMarket segments
 global Internet user trend data from visitors in 245 countries to sites in
 120 industry categories.  For more information, call 858.546.0040 x 244.
 
     About WebSideStory
     Founded in 1996, WebSideStory is the world's leading provider of
 outsourced e-business intelligence services.  WebSideStory's best-of-breed
 solutions are designed to help businesses profit from their Internet presence
 by providing detailed, real-time information about online visitor behavior.
 Each month, the company analyzes more than 20 billion page views for its
 clients, including Cisco Systems, PlayStation (America), Inc., Alaska
 Airlines, Northwest Airlines, IDG.net, Sun Microsystems, and Brooks Brothers.
 Within the last year, Aberdeen Group, Forrester, and META Group have all
 recognized WebSideStory as the market leader for outsourced Web analytics.
 Upside Magazine recently recognized WebSideStory as one of the "Hot 100"
 technology companies for 2001.  This summer, ASPNews.com honored the company
 as one of the top 20 global ASPs.  For more information, contact WebSideStory,
 Inc.  Voice: 858.546.0040.  Fax: 858.546.0480.  Address: 10182 Telesis Court,
 6th Floor, San Diego, CA 92121.  E-mail: press@websidestory.com.
 Web: www.websidestory.com .  WebSideStory and HitBox are registered service
 marks of WebSideStory, Inc.  Other trademarks belong to their respective
 owners.
 
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    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- WebSideStory, Inc.
 ( www.websidestory.com ), the world's leading provider of outsourced
 e-business intelligence services, today reported that despite much hype and
 expectation in recent years, Linux has failed to gain market share from
 Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) operating systems.  As of
 December 17, 2001, Linux held a global usage share of only 0.24 percent,
 according to WebSideStory's StatMarket ( www.statmarket.com ), a Web
 development optimization service and the leading source for data on global
 Internet user trends.  This compares with Microsoft's Windows and Apple's
 Macintosh operating systems, which hold a combined global usage share of more
 than 98 percent.  For almost three years, Linux usage share has fluctuated
 between .2 and .3 percent, with no substantial growth.  Usage share is the
 percentage of Internet surfers that are using a particular operating system.
     Unlike Windows and Macintosh systems, Linux is not owned or operated by a
 particular company, but is supported by corporations and individual
 programmers.  Linux generated a lot of excitement in the late 1990s when it
 became seen as an increasingly viable, free alternative to paid operating
 systems from market leaders Microsoft and Apple.  Despite its continued low
 usage rate among Web users, however, Linux has large corporate distribution
 channels.
     "Linux has made inroads as a server operating system, but not on
 desktops," said Geoff Johnston, vice president product marketing for
 StatMarket.  "Its adoption rate among Web users remains miniscule, even in
 three years' time."
     StatMarket ( www.statmarket.com ) publishes information gathered from more
 than 80 million Internet users a day to more than 125,000 sites worldwide
 using WebSideStory's HitBox(R) Enterprise ( www.hitboxenterprise.com ) and
 other HitBox e-business intelligence services.  The service segments
 information from visitors in 245 countries, and 120 industry categories.
     For information about a StatMarket subscription, visit www.statmarket.com
 or call 858.546.0040 x244.
 
     About StatMarket
     StatMarket ( www.statmarket.com ) is a Web development optimization
 service that provides valuable market share data on browsers, operating
 systems, screen resolutions, and more.  The service is geared for Web site
 designers, software developers, and market researchers who need accurate data
 to build the most effective sites and products possible.  StatMarket publishes
 information gathered from more than 80 million Internet users a day to more
 than 125,000 sites actively using WebSideStory's HitBox(R) Enterprise and
 other HitBox real-time, e-business intelligence services.  StatMarket segments
 global Internet user trend data from visitors in 245 countries to sites in
 120 industry categories.  For more information, call 858.546.0040 x 244.
 
     About WebSideStory
     Founded in 1996, WebSideStory is the world's leading provider of
 outsourced e-business intelligence services.  WebSideStory's best-of-breed
 solutions are designed to help businesses profit from their Internet presence
 by providing detailed, real-time information about online visitor behavior.
 Each month, the company analyzes more than 20 billion page views for its
 clients, including Cisco Systems, PlayStation (America), Inc., Alaska
 Airlines, Northwest Airlines, IDG.net, Sun Microsystems, and Brooks Brothers.
 Within the last year, Aberdeen Group, Forrester, and META Group have all
 recognized WebSideStory as the market leader for outsourced Web analytics.
 Upside Magazine recently recognized WebSideStory as one of the "Hot 100"
 technology companies for 2001.  This summer, ASPNews.com honored the company
 as one of the top 20 global ASPs.  For more information, contact WebSideStory,
 Inc.  Voice: 858.546.0040.  Fax: 858.546.0480.  Address: 10182 Telesis Court,
 6th Floor, San Diego, CA 92121.  E-mail: press@websidestory.com.
 Web: www.websidestory.com .  WebSideStory and HitBox are registered service
 marks of WebSideStory, Inc.  Other trademarks belong to their respective
 owners.
 
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