Since the start of February, the statistics capabilities of addons.mozilla.org have been upgraded. It is now possible to see the number of active users on a daily basis, where before it was only shown on a monthly basis. This shows some interesting facts about Lightning.
What is pretty apparent from the stats is that Lightning’s usage is much higher during the week than on the weekend. This is a stark contrast to Mozilla’s main application Firefox, which is usually used by more people on the weekend than during the week.
[UPDATE: As I was informed, Firefox’s usage numbers are also much higher during the week than on the weekend. It seems that I mixed up Firefox’s market share numbers (which are normally higher on the weekend than during the week) with its total usage numbers.]
On Windows the usage numbers during the week are about twice as high as on the weekends, while on the other operating systems (Linux, MacOS X, Solaris, *BSD, OS/2) the usage numbers are just about 30% – 40% lower on the weekends.
This seems to indicate that we have a lot of business users out there using Lightning and that most of these business users use Windows as their platform of choice.
What we also see is that roughly 87.5% – 89.1% of our users are on the Windows platform, 7.6% – 8.6% use Linux and 3.1% – 3.8% are MacOS X users. Users of other operating systems range between 0.13% and 0.16%.
Those of you, that want to play more with our download numbers, can do this on the Lightning Statistics Dashboard, where you can find much more data to play with.
PS: Don’t ask me about the low numbers on five days in early February. These are clearly incorrect and probably a result of an addons.mozilla.org bug, that was fixed later on.