Linux Desktop Market Share Hits 4%

Linux Crosses 4% market share worldwide! K9 Mail simplifies adding new emails accounts, Audacity heads to the cloud, and cooling your PC with Grafana.


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00:00 Intro
00:56 SCALE 2024
04:05 Audio over IP on Linux
04:33 Compiling Ardour on Debian 12
05:11 Focusrite Gen 4 on Linux
06:28 Linux hits 4%!
08:34 Desktops are D.E.A.D.
12:59 K-9 email accounts
15:20 Audacity 3.5 cloud backups
18:35 CPU cooling with Grafana

Linux Desktop market share < 4%

  • The market for desktops is dying. 
  • At least between creation and consumption.
  • The average person, especially the ones on the younger side, will use their phone or tablet.
  • People looking for the desktop experience are having to actively seek it out. 
  • That means Linux is in the running since Windows is no longer the default, just another option. 
  • There’s dozens of us! 
  • There is some exciting news in the Linux community, Statcounter reports that for the first time the Linux desktop market share is above 4%!
  • Linux now has 4.03% of the desktop market share, and that is a big jump from the 1.53% that existed at the end of 2020.
  • There are many reasons why this is happening, Windows 11 only working on newer systems, the installers on Linux distros are easier and faster, the OS is plug and play, and it works on older systems and people don’t need to spend the cash to upgrade.
  • Let alone the increased adoption to Linux of apps, and the sheer popularity of the Steam Deck which is making people more curious about Linux.
  • I do find it interesting that ChromeOS is not counted in the Statcounter Linux desktop stats, but as a separate operating system, which I can understand why, but it does use the Linux kernel at the end of the day and is closer to Linux than Android is.


Easy K9 Mail

  • Joy of joys. 
  • Entering email accounts on mobile is a bad experience. 
  • On mobile you usually have a little wizard that will autoconnect the big accounts. 
  • If you run your own email server like I do that means you are manually punching in incoming and outgoing imap servers, setting encryption, and SMTP for each account. 
  • This is crazy tedious work. 
  • The new system will take a crack at populating the setting automatically after you give it an email address. 
  • I have been using K-9 Mail for years on Android, and they have now fixed the setup process!
  • I never had an issue myself manually entering all the settings, but it sure makes it a lot easier not having to cut and paste or type addresses and server settings on a touchscreen keyboard.
  • And this will make it a whole lot easier to use for new users that might be intimidated by the process.


Audacity 3.5 Beta

  • The Audacity open source audio editor has a new beta release, Audacity 3.5.0 Beta, and it has several cool new features!
  • The big one is that you can now set up cloud saves in Audacity to save your Audacity projects to
  • All you have to do is to make an account at and you can automagically upload your Audacity files to it, free of charge!
  • Audacity states:  “This allows you to work from any device, share & collaborate with others and restore previous versions if something went wrong.” 
  • Audacity also has a new tempo detection feature, which adjusts imported loops to be in tempo.
  • And there is a new nondestructive pitch shifting feature for clips by just holding alt and the up and down arrow keys.


Better PC cooling with Python and Grafana

  • Exploiting thermal mass for fun and profit. 
  • Ever want to really dial in the fans and pump on your PC? 
  • Noise is a constant battle in my little home studio and most of that comes from fans. 
  • Instead of playing around with fan curves, dude took another approach. 
  • Controlling the pump speed based on CPU temperature and the fan speed based on liquid temperature.
  • Python and Grafana showed up to the party, naturally. 
  • He created a script to load test and calibrate the system, parse the info with grafana, and runs all the bits as a systemd service called fangoblin3. 
  • One cool bit from the article was liquidctl, a handy tool for controlling pump speed for Corsair and NZXT AIOs. 
  • What a great use of lm_sensors!