Ubuntu user statistics

This report is generated from basic, non-identifiable system data that was provided by users when installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

User Report

How many users opted in?

We appreciate the trust that has been given to us with handling this data and we aim to use the results to focus our development efforts on where it matters most to users.

Real or virtual machines?

Some machines could not be determined as either real or virtual, that data is not included in this report.


  • Physical
  • VM
  • Unknown

Clean install or upgrade?

Users setting up a virtual machine are much more likely to perform a clean install rather than upgrading Ubuntu.

Where are Ubuntu users?

Location is derived from the user setting the timezone and location in the installer and not from an identifiable IP address.

What language do they use?

Desktop specs

This data was collected from user’s machines.

OS architecture

OS architecture is responsible for running programs and providing secure access to the machine's hardware.

Display server

The display server controls the input and output of its clients to and from the rest of the operating system and the hardware.

  • UEFI
  • BIOS

Firmware

Firmware initialises hardware components and the operating system at startup.

What graphics setup do users have?

*Data for graphics setup only applies to physical machines

*On install. This was detected on install so many users may have connected screens after the installing Ubuntu.

Graphical Process Unit (GPU) is used to generate videos and images for displaying on screen

Popular screen sizes

This data set shows the 15 most popular screen sizes.

Pixel density

What CPU and memory do users have?

Number of CPUs

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) carries out the basic algorithmic, logical, control, and input/output functions. Having multiple CPUs allows a computer to perform more tasks in parallel.

Size of RAM (GB)

The more memory, the more power the computer has to carry out functions. Some users reported having RAM upwards of 96GB!

What physical disks do people have?

Physical disk (GB)

Physical disks denote how much data can be stored on a computer. For this report the total disk size is inferred from the number and size of partitions of a disk.


Partition type

There are a number of ways to partition a disk when installing Ubuntu depending on what the user wants to do.


Size of partitions (GB)

Number of partitions

Configuring Ubuntu

Users configure Ubuntu in many different ways, we recorded some key points and this will help inform the design of future releases.


Users who installed Ubuntu using the default settings


Users who opted out of at least one add-on


Users who auto-login on start-up


Users who opted for the Minimal Install; a stripped down Ubuntu that contains a few basic applications


Users who chose to download and update software whilst installing Ubuntu


User survey report

Want to know more?

Find out what Will Cooke, Engineering Director for Desktop, had to say about the methodology behind these metrics.

Read on

The Ubuntu Report tool

The full list of collected data points is viewable on GitHub as well as information about how to run the tool from your terminal.

Learn more about the Ubuntu Report tool on GitHub

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