I happen to publish a popular non-technical website, and I think the traffic statistics on that site probably illustrate the capabilities of the average computer. I was just reviewing the usage statistics (using Google Analytics) and am astonished by this (reported over the last month)
|Java Support||Visits||Java Support contribution to total:|
Unfortunately Google doesn't break down the version numbers, unlike what they do for Flash support (BTW, Flash v9 is around 65%). In the past I'd always seen 95% or more, but to see 99% is quite refreshing.
There are some indications that modern computers are becoming prevalent. For example it used to be that 800x600 displays using 8bit graphics were overwhelmingly popular. In the same results, 800x600 comes in 3rd (11%) with 1024x768 1st (50%), 1280x1024 2nd (12%), 1280x800 4th (11%), and 1440x900 and other resolutions starting at 5th (4% and downward). 32bit graphics on 87% of the displays, and 8bit on less than 1%.
And the browser chart is interesting:
|Internet Explorer / Windows||9,401||77.04%|
|Firefox / Windows||1,690||13.85%|
|Safari / Macintosh||472||3.87%|
|Firefox / Macintosh||209||1.71%|
|Mozilla / Linux||155||1.27%|
|Opera / Windows||76||0.62%|
|Firefox / Linux||65||0.53%|
|Netscape / Windows||36||0.30%|
|Opera / Linux||15||0.12%|
|Internet Explorer / Macintosh||13||0.11%|
Which makes me wonder, what can we do to end the misery of people using IE on Mac?
So anyway, this is hardly a comprehensive survey and I'm sure someone will post a comment to definitive results. But I find this very interesting.