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Article from Issue 236/2020

In the news: Linux Usage Is on the Rise; Lenovo Is Jumping on the Linux Laptop Bandwagon; A New Linux Laptop Is in the Making; Ubuntu 20.04 Released; and Git 2.26 Released.

Linux Usage Is on the Rise

The COVID-19 pandemic has had some severe effects on the economy and consumer spending habits. Businesses have shuttered, unsure if they'll survive the months-long closure. And although it's hard to find a silver lining in all the market data, one positive outcome is that the Linux operating system has witnessed a large surge in usage.

Before you get too excited, it's not as though Linux all of a sudden surged past either Windows or macOS. In fact, Linux desktop usage is still in the single digits. However, in comparison, Linux actually bested both Windows and macOS for growth in April.

The numbers paint an interesting picture, one that points directly to Ubuntu. During the month of April, Ubuntu gained 1.61 percent (from 0.27 percent to 1.88 percent) of the market-share, while Linux as a whole gained 1.51 percent (from 1.36 to 2.87 percent). This happens to coincide with the release of Ubuntu 20.04 (https://releases.ubuntu.com/20.04/), which has been met with rave reviews across the board.

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