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2016-01-12 14:25:59

Ubuntu Linux has more than one billion users -- or at least people who benefit from it, whether they know it or not -- according to a recent statement from a Canonical executive about how many people actually run its open source operating system.

Noting that Ubuntu is also in use on smartphones, Google's self-driving cars, the servers of lots of companies and plenty of other places, Kirkland concluded, "I bet there are over a billion people today, using Ubuntu -- both directly and indirectly. Without a doubt, there are over a billion people on the planet benefiting from the services, security, and availability of Ubuntu today."

A billion may sound like an unreasonably large number. And if Kirkland had meant only people who use Ubuntu directly on the computers they run, the smartphone they carry or the servers they administer, it would be.

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