Out of interest: browser and OS breakdowns?

By MYOB ยท 24 replies
Aug 8, 2004
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  1. Considering this is a highly geeky site (it must be, I use it...), I'm wondering what the OS and browser breakdowns are here?

    I'm expecting a higher-than-normal level of Firefox usage anyway. Not sure about OS's here, all our "Linux" users seem to use Windows a lot, and I (shamefully) still usually post from Windows...
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    You'll see a lot more Firefox, Opera and alternative browser users here for sure.

    Exactly how much? I'm not sure.

    I bet Julio knows though. :)
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Mozilla/5.0 (BeOS; U; BeOS BePC; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040606 Firefox/0.8.0+
  4. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Windows XP Pro and IE6 (yeah, a break from the pack). ;)
  5. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    XP but Firefox / Thunderbird
  6. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    Well, I was kinda wondering could I get the server-side stats instead of us all answering :)
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    WinXP Pro and IE6 SP1 on my main machine.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    For our beloved loyal readers ;) Here's the info from our server stats (current month):

    MS Internet Explorer 85.1 %
    FireFox 7.7 %
    Opera 2.4 %
    Mozilla 2.3 %
    Netscape 1.3 %

    Windows 97.5 %
    Unknown 1.1 %
    Linux 0.6 %
    Macintosh 0.6 %
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I am probably most of the Mac usage on our site :) J/K - but I do have 6 macs now. 2 of them are pieces of crap though.
  10. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    The other 4 are just half pieces?? /ducks

    I wouldn't have thought IE to have such a high percentage here.. but on the other hand we probably get lots of google hits of people lloking for help, and the non-regulars bring in IE hits I bet...
  11. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,319

    People still use Netscape? ;)
  12. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    Nope, some of the Macintosh hits are me. Scarily, MacIE on the old 5400 I have works with my proxy, whereas Windows IE doesn't always work right...

    That breakdown is kinda what I expected anyway.
  13. $oulo

    $oulo TS Rookie Posts: 74

    Why what browser do you use? And why? Do you guys not recommend using IE?
  14. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    Consider that even some 15% of alternative browsers being used is an extremely high mark, a few months ago that wasn't higher than 7% or so.
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Also some of that IE is probably me in Opera, I had that set to say it was IE rather than Opera for some site once and forgot to change it back.
  16. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    Also must consider that our sample is way wider than some small website or tech-related blog, we are talking of hundreds of thousands visitors.
  17. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Hmm, a total of 99.8 %.

    Rounding errors or are the rest .. uh.. ethereal?
  18. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    Unknown, Safari, Firebird... etc.
  19. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Hum, I thought "Unknown" covered "Unknown" :giddy:
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

  21. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I guess I amount to some of the that Netscape usage, as I didn't want to log in (which I do automaticly in Opera), but I can't be accountable for all of it.

    And I thinks SNGX is correct in that some of that IE is actually Opera... Some pages have a block to only allow IE, even though it works just as well in Opera.
  22. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,958   +216

    No, it still reports Opera in the Browser agent string... And because of that our "awstats" software always correctly identifies the browsers...

    Unless you manually edit the .exe file of the browser with a hexeditor, which some of our users have, some examples would be IE v7.0.0 and "you suck" ;-)

    Something that is a bit strange is that a few months ago we had many Netscape readers, but the next month that dropped down to almost nothing... And also the fact that there are so few none-Microsoft OS readers... On the other hand we do have a nice spread of OS'es like OS'es, like irix, BeOs, Sun Solaris, BSD, HP UNIX, OS/2, CPM, Aix etc... It's just that it's so few hits compared to Microsoft OS'es...
  23. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    I find those numbers a bit surprising since a recent poll on the topic in one of the forums put Firefox and IE almost tied for majority, although that poll didn't account for the many unregistered users or those too lazy to click on a choice.
    I would also add that my visits here are split between IE and Firefox. I use Firefox and IE both on my home machines since there are a few sites which do not workj in Firefox and some that don't display right in IE(since a recent update anyway) I use IE only, at work because Dellserv and many other internal sites we use won't work on any other browser.
  24. guruboy

    guruboy TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Same here. The majority of the time, it's because all the customers I help have IE, and when they have an error, it's just easier to have IE at hand to mess with settings and whatnot.
  25. gospelmidi

    gospelmidi TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Using Opera 7.51, but it has
    Preferences / Network / Browser Identification / Identify as MSIE 6.0

    So your server software foils that MSIE 6.0 masquerade?

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