There is no doubt that Linux is seeing healthy adoption at the server level, and arriving in many variants and embedded applications, but it's worth noting that it is seeing growth at the desktop level as well. Netmarketshare has published its latest round of statistics on desktop Linux usage, with data updated through December of 2011. While Linux has desktop market share of under two percent, its share did grow at a very healthy clip last year.
Here is a snapshot of the desktop Linux usage data from Netmarketshare, for 2011:
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Netmarketshare's data is global. It analyzes operating system share from more than 160 million unique visits to web sites around the world. Clearly, Linux usage at the desktop level is picking up.
That's not to say that the desktop is the holy grail for Linux, though. At the server level, Linux is shooting the lights out. According to a statement from Gartner from late last year:
"In the server OS market, Linux (server) was the fastest-