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Hi All, I recently obtained data from our networking folks regarding the operating systems used on our network. Of the laptops & desktops, 39% were Macs. This really surprised me & I wondered if this is a typical figure for universities or if the data was skewed in some way. Do any of you have measures of OS laptop/desktop market share at your organizations? About two years ago I tallied our research software to see what percent had native Mac or Linux versions. They were tied at 35% for each (i.e. 65% were Windows-only). If Mac market share really has increased on campuses to around 39%, the software vendors may want to reconsider the value of developing for the Mac. Running Windows in a VM is possible, but Mac often want to simplify their lives not deal with two operating systems. Cheers, Bob P.S. Linux has 1.6% of our latop/desktop network devices. All these figures exclude iPhones, Android devices, etc. ========================================================= Bob Muenchen (pronounced Min'-chen), Manager Research Computing Support Voice: (865) 974-5230 Email: muenchen@utk.edu Web: http://oit.utk.edu/research, News: http://oit.utk.edu/research/news.php ======================================================== ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Bob, while the number seems high to me I do understand some places have a much richer MAC environment, however the number here at Georgia State is somewhere between 18% to 22%. V/r Jerry
Does this include your student network? At TCU, we are roughly 19% Mac, 80% Windows, 1% other on the Faculty/Staff network. 4 Years ago, Windows was 87%. I don't have the numbers handy for the student network, but my estimation is at least 60% Mac. Bryan Lucas Chief Technology Officer Technology Resources Texas Christian University (817) 257-7682
Message from rcyahnke@doit.wisc.edu

Hello - We do yearly surveys of both our fac/staff and our student population. (How these numbers correlate with a network survey is an interesting question that I can't answer.) This year amongst the fac/staff population Mac usage has gone to 33% from 27% last year. The student population usage hovers around 35%. The trend over the past few years is definitely up. http://www.doit.wisc.edu/about/research/ - Ross
18%-22% is right in the territory that I had expected. -Bob >
Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

When I have asked several of our campuses, it is varying wildly. Very high at UT Austin (a research campus)... could be more like 50% there and climbing. Lower at other campuses. Based on very causal observation, it may be that UT campuses with higher research levels have a higher percentage of mac usage than comprehensives. ____________________________________________________ Margaret H. Knox mknox@utsystem.edu Chief Information Officer (CIO) (512)322-3774 The University of Texas System CTJ 2.218 78701 -- At UT Austin: Director, ITS FAC 248I 78712
Here's an odd twist. Macs just broke the 5% market share barrier worldwide, growing rapidly in most markets except...education! Cannibalized by iPads. It will be most interesting to see if much research software ends up on tablets. Here's the article: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/11/16/macs_worldwide_market_shar... Bob >
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