October 18th, 2007

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geographic eye candy

Jef's Fedora usage maps are quite slick. In addition to the animated one, there is a static map that is a bit larger in size, which really makes it clear where Fedora is seeing the heaviest usage.

If you look at the non-US and non-Europe parts of the map, you'll see a corrolation between areas where Fedora (and therefore you can assume Linux in general) is getting high usage, and areas where Red Hat offices are located worldwide.

I wonder -- is usage high in those areas because we have offices there, or did we put offices there because Linux usage was high? Probably a bit of both, though if I had to venture a guess I would choose the latter, because that would represent good opportunities for new customers, etc. While I am sure that the presence of a Red Hat office probably leads to increase Fedora usage in those areas, I think that the locations of new Red Hat offices are strategically selected to be in areas where there is already a decent affinity towards Linux, and where people are probably already using Fedora before Shadowman rolls into town.