Back in October, I noticed Mark Shuttleworth said that:
One of the things we’ve noticed is that the size of our community doubles from release to release
At the time, I didn’t know that there was a news item from September that said:
Ubuntu now has 4 million users, half of which are governments, universities and a smattering of businesses. It adds new ones at a rate of 8% per month.
I notice now that SABDFL is offering updated numbers:
We know now that there are probably at least 8 million [Ubuntu] users.
Absolutely phenominal :)
Considering that there will be two Ubuntu releases in 2007, should we expect some 30+ million Ubuntu users by next new years? =D [Update April 21, 2008: Wishful thinking :) As per this BBC article from today, Shuttleworth is estimating “eight to nine million users of Ubuntu worldwide” so either not much growth, or overestimation previously… Interestingly: “Most of the growth in users is from people buying a device that comes with Ubuntu shipped or wanting something for a second or older computer and are looking to tech-savvy friends for guidance” which means that an OEM strategy is vitally important to the growth of Ubuntu]