XMPP/Jabber clients and OS usage statistics (5)

October 1st, 2009 by lucas

(Previous editions: 2005, 2006, 2007 and march 2008)

Here are my (almost) yearly stats about XMPP/Jabber clients (OK, the last one was 18 months ago).

1250 users were online on the Apinc Jabber server when I ran the poll, and 1192 clients answered. This year, I’ve also used Disco to poll the clients, allowing to detect Telepathy (thanks Sjoerd for the tip!).

Clients:

  • Pidgin 43% (2008: 27%)
  • Gajim 19% (2008: 20%)
  • Psi 9% (2008: 16%)
  • Kopete 7% (2008: 14%)
  • Adium 5% (2008: 6%)
  • BitlBee 2% (2008: <=2%)
  • Telepathy 2% (2008 unknown)
  • Other clients with less than 2%: iChat, Pandion, Miranda, mcabber, Smack, meebo, Trillian. All other clients had less than 5 users online.

The systems and distributions stats are biased, because some clients don’t disclose that information, or worse, give wrong information (Psi reports running Debian when on Ubuntu).

Systems:

  • Unknown 57% (Pidgin doesn’t report the OS) (2008: 36%)
  • GNU/Linux 24% (2008: 40%)
  • Windows 15% (2008: 17%)
  • MacOS 2% (2008: 5%)
  • Others 0% (3 FreeBSD, 2 OpenBSD)

Linux distributions:
164 clients reported a Linux distribution (249 last year).

  • Ubuntu 44% (2008: 45%)
  • Debian 23% (2008: 36%)
  • Arch Linux: 9% (2008: 1%)
  • Gentoo: 9% (2008: 10%)
  • Fedora: 7% (2008: 5%)
  • Mandriva: 5% (2008: 3%)
  • Slackware: 2% (2008: 1%)

Comments:

  • The top 5 clients are the same, in the same order, but Pidgin’s lead is increasing. Gajim stays stable at the second place, while the two Qt-based clients, Psi and Kopete, both lose a lot of market share.
  • Apparently the Mac hype is gone, at least for Jabber users. Or it’s just that all Mac users use Pidgin, which doesn’t report the OS.
  • Regarding Linux distributions, Arch Linux gained a lot of market share over the last year.

5 Responses to “XMPP/Jabber clients and OS usage statistics (5)”

  1. Akari (akari) 's status on Thursday, 01-Oct-09 20:49:26 UTC - Identi.ca wrote on 10/1/09 at 10:49 pm :

    [...] Noticia de !jabberes, http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=398 [...]

  2. naw's status on Thursday, 01-Oct-09 20:56:28 UTC - Identi.ca wrote on 10/1/09 at 10:56 pm :

    [...] @akari: Noticia de !jabberes, http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=398 !XMPP/Jabber clients and OS usage [...]

  3. web.jabber.ccc.de » Blog Archive » XMPP/Jabber clients and OS usage statistics (2) wrote on 10/6/09 at 7:38 pm :

    [...] Lucas published fresh client and OS stats for jabber.apinc.org in his blogpost I kindly got the permission to use the [...]

  4. Sjoerd wrote on 02/14/11 at 12:55 pm :

    Any chance of some 2010 (or well 2011) statistics ? :)

  5. Lucas wrote on 02/14/11 at 12:58 pm :

    Not really, I’ve almost complety stopped any involvement in the XMPP community