how widely used is Java, Mac?

Don Gilbert gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu
Mon Mar 11 15:48:41 EST 2002


Here are some *data* on operating system use by biologists
from web logs for biology-specific information services.
This is current as of 2002.  In the past 5 years or so,
Macintosh use has declined from roughly 60% dominance to
the 20-30% you see here.  Unices are not being used in any
large numbers as workstations by biologists.  I would guess
that MacOSX has a clear opportunity to merge unix-centric 
bioinformatics applications and services with a fairly popular 
biologist workstation.  Java is an important language
for producing biologist-friendly applications that work well on 
all the following systems.

iubio.bio.indiana.edu (general bioinformatics software & data)

222675: 68.58%: Windows
103975: 32.02%:   Windows 98
 55465: 17.08%:   Windows 2000
 33612: 10.35%:   Windows NT
 49292: 15.18%: Macintosh
 18526:  5.71%: Unix
 11408:  3.51%:   Linux
  3338:  1.03%:   SunOS
  1811:  0.56%:   IRIX

eugenes.org (genome information including human)

62876: 68.60%: Windows
30315: 33.07%:   Windows 98
13666: 14.91%:   Windows 2000
10128: 11.05%:   Windows NT
 4631:  5.05%:   Windows 95
21082: 23.00%: Macintosh
 1794:  1.96%: Unix
 1023:  1.12%:   Linux
  406:  0.44%:   SunOS
  177:  0.19%:   IRIX
  144:  0.16%:   OSF1

flybase.net (drosophila genome information)

71003: 47.90%: Windows
37501: 25.30%:   Windows 98
17999: 12.14%:   Windows 2000
 8064:  5.44%:   Windows NT
 4836:  3.26%:   Windows 95
65937: 44.48%: Macintosh
 2839:  1.92%: Unix
 1450:  0.98%:   Linux
  846:  0.57%:   SunOS
  453:  0.31%:   OSF1
   80:  0.05%:   IRIX

-- Don
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