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  (Source: Chitika)
According to Chitika, a search-targeted advertising network and research firm, OS X Lion adoption slowed starting in October

In recent years, Apple has been known for some wildly successful launches. For instance, the iPhone 4S, which launched October 14, achieved 1 million pre-orders during first day availability and even sold out for pre-order at all three U.S. carriers.

Apple's latest Mac operating system, Mac OS X Lion, was no exception when it came to successful launches. Lion, which was released in the Mac App Store on July 20 for $29.99, reached 1 million downloads in one day. According to Apple, users were buying the new OS faster than any other previous OS release. But now, a new study finds that Mac OS X Lion adoption is slowing down.

According to Chitika, a search-targeted advertising network and research firm, OS X Lion adoption slowed starting in October after usage of the new OS had increased at an average rate of 4.05 percent each month from July to September.

Since October, OS X Lion's share among all operating systems has increased at an average rate of 0.98 percent per month, and is at just over 1.5 percent now.

"Apple's 'most advanced' operating system OS X Lion hasn't exactly been their most popular release," said Ryan Cavanagh of Chitika in the company's blog. "According to Apple's Press page, Lion sales were hot over the first few days, even seeing over one million downloads in the first day. However, since then the latest version of OS X has faced criticism from both users and reviewers alike. Lion's adoption rate has been less than stellar, to say the least. While we are seeing consistent monthly growth, Lion isn't taking off the way some had anticipated."

Lion has even failed to match some other versions of OS X. As far as Mac OS X market share goes, Snow Leopard 10.6 sits on top with 56 percent while Leopard 10.5 is at 22 percent, Lion 10.7 is at 16 percent, Tiger 10.4 is at 5 percent and other is at 1 percent.

In late September, Lion's usage share had climbed 14.18 percent. A little over a month later now, it has gained less than 2 percent to 16 percent, while Snow Leopard also continues to increase steadily from 55.5 percent in late September to 56 percent now.

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This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By maven81 on 11/11/2011 6:01:24 PM , Rating: 4
It's on my work machine and seems to have some pretty serious bugs, like for example refusal to play nice with Active Directory. I'm sure Apple doesn't particularly care about connecting macs to windows networks, but for those of us that have to do that it's kind of a big deal. It's hibernation mode also seems problematic. I've had it wake up with part of the screen showing the log in window and part open applications. That's pathetic for any "advanced" operating system.
No one here is in any rush to roll it out to the other machines.

RE: This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By blppt on 11/11/2011 8:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
I dont run it on an official system *cough*hackintosh*cough*, but I think its pretty amazing that they STILL havent fixed the "sort by name descending" for 'list'ing files in folders in the dock. We are now on 10.7.2 and they havent fixed it, LOL. Really annoying for folders with a large number of files like mp3s.

RE: This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By lolmuly on 11/11/2011 11:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
isn't that why they made itunes?


RE: This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By B3an on 11/12/2011 1:41:40 PM , Rating: 5
What i find amusing is that not only is OSX vastly less advanced compared to Windows, but it also only has to run on a very limited amount of hardware, and Apple still cant make the OS work well.

RE: This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By lukarak on 11/13/11, Rating: -1
RE: This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By B3an on 11/13/2011 3:05:46 AM , Rating: 3
Keep telling yourself that. Lion is Apples Vista, but unlike Vista it's Lion thats simply s***, buggy and broken. With Vista it was 3rd party support and drivers that got it a bad name.

And if i was to list all the things that OSX just cant do compared to Windows i would run out of characters in this text box before getting half way through.

RE: This shouldn't surprise anyone.
By jabber on 11/13/2011 8:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. I borrowed a 2010 Mac Mini to see what all the fuss with OSX was all about.

One word...clunky! I was quite shocked at dissapointing it was. After using Windows 7 since release, OSX felt quite old in comparison. Just felt kind of limited, not serious.

Seems to me that IOS is getting all the attention and OSX is whitering on the vine.

By TakinYourPoints on 11/14/2011 12:09:31 AM , Rating: 2
It's actually really good, but there is an adjustment period as keyboard shortcuts and a bunch of subtle things are different. Same with jumping to any other OS (Ubuntu, etc). What I do like about OS X is how streamlined and logical it is. Simple things like changing file permissions that takes only two steps in OS X takes five to six steps in Vista/7, and that's if you know exactly which buttons and tabs to hit. It's just a very well thought out interface, great for a work machine.

That said, Windows 7 is also really good. It's all really good at this point, so it comes down to personal preference. It isn't like a few years ago when XP was trash compared to versions of OS X that were being pushed out in 2004-2007. Now if I get OS X it is partly for the laptop hardware, partly for applications like Final Cut Studio. I'm comfortable with both operating systems so I'm fine either way.

My favorite version of OS X is still 10.4. That on a PPC workstation running Final Cut is still by far the most rock solid and stable operating system I've ever used, that thing was a tank. Streamlined and a total workhorse. 10.5 was a mess until 10.5.3 (that was the "Vista" of OS X IMHO, what a headache), 10.6 was good, and 10.7 is actually good after the last major point release. The thing is that Lion is a much bigger improvement as a laptop OS than a desktop OS since the main changes favor a trackpad and a smaller display, so the upgrade isn't as beneficial to everyone. It does make sense since Apple sells mainly laptops though. It's also the direction Microsoft is going with Windows 8, so clearly everyone sees where things are going.

Regarding Lion, I HATED what they did to Spaces with the Mission Control changes, but I get it after seeing how it works with a trackpad. Now I just link it to one of my side mouse buttons and I'm fine.

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