Q4 2007 Site Stats Review

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As promised back in October, I’m reviewing the browser and operating system statistics for this site again. All data is from the period 2007-10-04/2007-12-31.

So, on to business. First up is the overall browser chart. Firefox leads with 57%, followed by Internet Explorer at 29% and Safari at 10%. I also got some negligible visits (less than 2%) from Mozilla, Opera, Camino, Netscape, and Konqueror, plus a very few hits from what appear to have been mobile browsers, such as HTC_TyTN_II Mozilla and Palm680.

Drilling into per-browser version information, Firefox had a pretty good spread of versions, even getting about 80 hits from Firefox 3.0, though (the latest update to the 2.x series) was on top with 40% of Firefox visits. Some people were still using FF1.5 or even version 1.0 — to you Luddites, I say, “Upgrade already!” You know who you are.

Internet Explorer 7 led the IE sector, with 58.34% to IE6’s 41.54%. Those numbers don’t add up to 100% for a reason: I had one Internet Explorer 4.01 visitor. Whoever you are, my note to the Firefox 1.0 and 1.5 Luddites above goes for you, too.

Safari’s version spread is pretty much indecipherable to me, because the version numbers appear to actually be build numbers. All I can say is that 43% of Safari visits were using version 523.10, with 20% using v419.3 and 11% using v523.12. I have no idea what the corresponding version numbers are; sorry!

For Opera and Mozilla, the most popular versions were 9 and 1.9, respectively (Opera only had the one version, plus a few “not set” values). I won’t get into detail about browsers under 1%.

Onward to operating systems, then. Windows was 73% of visits, followed by Macintosh at 20% and Linux at 5.5%. Windows Vista again bit the dust in the Windows version spread, trailing behind XP at 14.7%, while Windows XP had a whopping 81% of the chart. Versions below Vista all held less than 3% each, led by Windows 2000 at 2.7%.

Macintosh only reported the chipset (Intel or PPC), so I can’t do a version comparison there. That is a little annoying; I’ve been getting so many visits to Leopard-related posts, I was kind of wondering how many of those were actual Leopard users. Intel had 75% and PPC 25%, with a trace 68K visit (0.17%). That’s all I can say.

There were no Linux version values set, so that’s unfortunately going to remain a mystery to everyone.

So the answers to the questions I posed in October are:

Will Vista catch up to and/or surpass XP?

  • Nope, not even close.

Will IE take over Firefox?

  • Nuh-uh. Thank goodness it didn’t!

It’s interesting that the statistics’ indications mirror my feelings so closely. I’m actually starting to like IE7 better than IE6, at least from a coding perspective; but I don’t know anyone — including myself — who likes Windows Vista. Perhaps I’m attracting a like-minded readership, or perhaps my statistics are indicative of a real Vista-hating trend in the world. Who knows? Can that judgment really be made with a 3,000-visit sample?

In closing, I’d just like to say that I’m really happy about these statistics. If other sites are showing similar stats (at least about Vista vs. XP), that makes me even happier. May Vista die a painful death, and may Internet Explorer 8 improve even more on version 7’s CSS enhancements. (It’s already passed the Acid2 test from the Web Standards Project, which is very cool. Not even Firefox 2 passes it, though I haven’t tested Firefox 3 yet.)


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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