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    OS X 10.9 Mavericks Adoption Continues to Grow Steadily






    OS X 10.9 Mavericks continues to gain popularity, overtaking previous versions of OS X like Mountain Lion and Lion in November of 2013 according to the newest market share data from Net Applications (via The Next Web). First introduced on October 22, Mavericks is Apple's newest operating system and the first version of OS X to be released free to consumers.

    During the month of November, Mavericks gained 1.58 percentage points, growing from 0.84 percent of total operating system market share to 2.42 percent, while other versions of OS X lost share. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion dropped 1.48 percentage points to 1.85 percent, while OS X 10.7 Snow Leopard dropped 0.22 percentage points to 1.34 percentage points.

    Though Mavericks market share has continued to grow steadily since its release, overall OS X market share, at 7.56 percent, remains dwarfed by Windows market share, which is at 90.88 percent with Windows 7 being the most popular Windows operating system.

    While Net Applications data shows Mavericks gaining ground over its predecessors, data from GoSquared suggests that though Mavericks usage has continued to rise over the course of the last month, it is still lagging behind OS X 10.8 and OS X 10.7. According to the data, Mavericks usage is at nearly 21 percent, compared to 31 percent for 10.8 and 24 percent for 10.7.

    The difference between the two measurements is likely due to the number of visitors tracked and the different sites being monitored, but both data points suggest that Apple's strategy of delivering the update free to all users has worked favorably for the company, encouraging users to upgrade to the latest software.





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    Free Mavericks sets OS X adoption record



    Apple’s Mavericks operating system set the OS X early-adoption record last month, with a third of all Macs running the new edition within just weeks of its introduction.

    The fast uptake validated Apple’s rationale for giving away OS X 10.9, aka Mavericks.

    “What’s most important to us is seeing the software in the hands of as many Mac users as possible,” Craig Federighi, who leads software engineering at Apple, said during an October event where he announced that Mavericks would be free.

    “Today, spending hundreds of dollars to get the most out of your computer are gone,” Federighi added, taking a shot at rival Microsoft, which charges $399 for its Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

    Mac users running 2012′s Mountain Lion, 2011′s Lion and 2009′s Snow Leopard on compatible systems have been able to download Mavericks from the Mac App Store free of charge since 22 October.

    According to web analytics company Net Applications, Mavericks accounted for 32 percent of all versions of OS X used in November, a record one-month jump of 21 percentage points.

    Mavericks’ adoption after its first full month of availability was nearly double that of OS X Mountain Lion, the US$20 upgrade Apple started selling on 25 July 2012. By the end of its first complete month, Mountain Lion had accumulated a 19 percent share of all Macs.

    Mountain Lion required five months to reach 32 percent, meaning Mavericks did that in a quarter of the time.

    The bulk of Mavericks’ share came at the expense of Mountain Lion, which plummeted 18 percentage points in November – another record change for OS X – to end at 25 percent. Lion dropped 2.5 points, its largest decline since the release of its successor Mountain Lion, ending the month with an 18 percent user share of all Macs.

    Not surprisingly, Snow Leopard barely budged, losing just half a percentage point in November to slip to 20 percent of all editions. Users of Snow Leopard have stubbornly resisted upgrade opportunities, in large part because it was the last version of OS X to let them run applications compiled for the PowerPC processor.

    Although Rosetta, the translation utility that allows PowerPC software to run on Intel-based Macs, is not installed by default on OS X 10.6, or Snow Leopard, it does automatically install the first time a PowerPC program executes. Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks do not support Rosetta, and so are unable to run PowerPC applications.

    Although Apple has not trumpeted the number of Mavericks downloads, something it regularly did with past OS X upgrades, the operating system remains the No. 1 free download on the Mac App Store, an indication of its continued popularity.

    Mac owners with eligible systems can download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store.







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    VPN Update Fixes Mavericks Server Issues



    Having issues with the VPN service for OS X Server Mavericks not accepting L2TP connections?

    According to Apple the problem can happen if the client and server are behind different network address translation (NAT) gateways.

    To resolve the fault Apple has released an update to Mavericks v10.9.1.

    The 1.6MB VPN Update for Mavericks Server requires OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and Server 3.0.1 to run.

    It will only install if you have already launched Server app and used it to set up services.





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    OS X Mavericks Adoption Pushing Toward 50%



    Just five months after its release, OS X Mavericks is seeing adoption rates in the range of 40 percent to almost 50 percent depending on the tracking source. The significant growth in Mavericks users demonstrates the benefits of Apple's move to drop the price of its latest OS X update to zero in an effort to encourage users to upgrade.

    Analytics firm Chitika is out with a new report today showing Mavericks usage at 40 percent of page impressions in the United States and Canada over the week of March 17-23. Apple's three previous operating system versions split almost all of the remaining 60 percent of the Mac user base nearly evenly.

    Almost exactly five months following Mavericks’ release, the operating system’s users are generating 40% of U.S and Canadian Mac OS X-based Web traffic, a figure that dramatically outpaces Mavericks’ predecessor, OS X Mountain Lion. At 40%, the share of OS X Web traffic generated by Mavericks users is approximately six percentage points higher than what OS X Mountain Lion achieved nearly 14 months following its public debut, and 13 percentage points higher [than] what was recorded at the seven-month mark.

    The report notes that while Mavericks is seeing strong upgrade rates relatively to previous versions of OS X, Mac adoption rates are much slower than seen for iOS, where 85 percent of devices are now running iOS 7. This disparity is likely due to a number of factors, including longer lifespans for Macs that may leave a higher percentage of machines ineligible for the latest OS version, as well as a more varied user base than may not be as tech savvy as mobile users and thus less likely to upgrade.

    Chitika is not the only analytics company tracking OS X usage, as GoSquared continues to maintain its tracker offering a real-time look at the distribution of OS X versions appearing on its network of sites. GoSquared is seeing an even higher rate of adoption for Mavericks of around 48 percent, with a similar even split of the three previous versions all around 15-16 percent.

    Net Applications is yet another analytics firm with a significant user base to measure data from, and that firm saw Mavericks with a 45 percent share of the OS X base in its February data.





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