On Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at 01:14 AM, Steve Holden wrote:
And, come Panther, there are going to be rather a lot of Python 2.3 installs out there.
Just as a matter of interest, do you have any idea how many Mac OSX licensees there are?
Apple sells about 3 million machines per year (taking their Q3-02 and Q3-03 figures and interpolating from that:-) and since last year these boot into OSX by default (and, since the last couple of months they only boot into OSX).
Adding the conversion factor from older machines I come to about 5 million. And, surprise, that's also what some other people came up with using a different method: <http://www.omnigroup.com/mailman/archive/macosx-talk/2003-August/ 015570.html>.
But we're really interested in how many people will be running Panther, and I think that number is going to be lower. Very few people stuck with 10.1, basically only people whose machines wouldn't run 10.2 (pre-G3 processors), because 10.2 was really *way* ahead of 10.1. The 10.2->10.3 difference is probably less (to the non-Pythonic general community:-), so how about 1 million 10.3 users by the end of the year, 3-4 million by mid-2004?
Any correspondence of these number with reality is pure chance, though:-) -- Jack Jansen, Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl, http://www.cwi.nl/~jack If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution -- Emma Goldman