Gecko usage is now at 40%
Each month I parse the access.log file, which is around 400MB, and generate the Gecko Statistics for gemal.dk. I just updated the statistics and included some numbers from way back in 2002. Check it out.
The good news is that the Gecko usage is now at 40%. In June 2004 40% of all hits to gemal.dk was made by Gecko based browser. A Gecko based browser can be a Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape or some other browser that uses the Gecko engine.
This is not a big surprise since gemal.dk is a very Mozilla oriented site. According to my Webalizer statistics the IE6 usage is around 35% but slowly decreasing. IE5.5 and IE5 is around 2% each. Netscape 4.x is at almost 2%. That's scary. I can understand why the Netscape 4.x users did upgrade to Netscape 6 but now when you have both Netscape 7 and Mozilla you gotta upgrade. The web is much nicer experience with a modern Gecko based browser.
OS wise, Windows XP is still way ahead. It's at 54%, with Windows 2000 at 16% and Windows 98 at 8%. Linux is around 5%.
If you like to generate your own Gecko Statistics you can use my script. It's available free to download.
I agree that the 2% share of NN4 users is scary - but nevertheless I can understand some of the users that stick to the old Netscape. First of all, newer versions tend to prescribe larger computers. The new versions of Netscape (6/7) are as far as I know quite a bit more demanding in regards of system requirements.
Another problem for users of old browsers is the size of the newer browser packages - I don't think many ADSL users still have NN4, but for people with modem connections, the looong download time of a new browser package may drastically decrease their desire to get an upgrade.
For (very) old computers, new versions of Netscape or Mozilla is not a good choice. They will be much better of using an older version of Opera - v. 5 runs on very small computers, and v. 6 is also quite slim.Comment by Jens Gyldenkærne Clausen at July 28, 2004 12:58 PM | Permalink
Any idea what platform those NS4 users are on?Comment by basic at July 28, 2004 01:36 PM | Permalink
It seems that the Netscape 4 users are:
That's just by briefly looking at the accesslog. If you know of a script that can process Netscape 4.x useragents let me know.Comment by Henrik Gemal at July 28, 2004 02:36 PM | Permalink
As for netscape navigator 4.5 (which did not include mail or anything else - like firebird), it was fast on my old Macintosh. I also loved the simple interface in which the toolbar looked like links+icons. The only problem was that I kept clicking the security button and it would slowly open up a window. IE was too slow for me, but rendered all those IE specific page correctly and included Java. Stilled prefered netscape navigator 4.x though.Comment by Omar Khan at August 4, 2004 05:00 AM | Permalink