AFTER JUST A MONTH, Apple's Mac OS X Mountain Lion is running on 10 percent of Mac computers.
According to ad network Chitikia, Mountain Lion is outperforming its predecessor in adoption. OS X Lion took three months to reach 14 percent adoption, meaning that OS X Mountain Lion has quickly surpassed the previous release.
Chitikia postulates that the rapid adoption of Mountain Lion could be linked with advancing distribution options and high praise for the new OS X release.
"Mountain Lion received widely positive reviews by critics upon release, namely for its vast array of new features which made it feel like a genuine upgrade," Chitikia said in a blog post.
"On the other hand, Lion was criticized by many prominent bloggers for its lack of innovation and behaving too much like IOS."
Mountain Lion has been receiving high praise from critics for its improved social integration, Icloud syncing, and security updates.
Apple's latest OS also might have gained traction fast because of its download-only installation and under $20 price tag.
Chitikia's numbers come from a sampling of a month's Mac OS X web traffic. The ad network sampled millions of desktop ad samples and calculated OS X figures for each week in August.
Mountain Lion got off to a strong start last month when it grabbed over three percent of the Mac OS market in two days. That three percent share equated to over three million downloads for its opening weekend.
OS X Leopard still runs on the largest number of Macs with a 43 per cent share.
Last month Apple released the first update for Mountain Lion. Its release of Mac OS X 10.8.1 was intended to fix performance and stability issues. µ