Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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*/Linux PCs for Consumers

I am tired of people claiming that M$ won the war and GNU/Linux need not apply here or there in IT. It’s crap, unadulterated crap. GNU/Linux is more popular than ever and finding its way to lots of retail spaces where ordinary (non-geek) consumers are buying them. That other OS, on the other hand is declining in popularity steadily and M$’s client division had a 6% per annum drop in revenue. That’s not winning a war but resting on laurels. Ordinary folks who are never going to install an OS but want some IT that works on their desks are buying GNU/Linux systems retail all over the world.

Some examples:

Large enterprises which value efficiency are using GNU/Linux desktops and servers. The Kerala State Electricity board with 10 million customers saved 80 million rupees using FLOSS. They had a few specialized applications and paid 15 people to write for GNU/Linux. Individual consumers who don’t have anywhere near that complexity of IT, can and do use GNU/Linux desktops and notebooks with satisfaction from a host of applications. see also Debian’s repository

It’s a tired tale, that GNU/Linux is not/cannot make it on the desktop. GNU/Linux on the desktop happened long ago and continues with fresh growth today. There still are some retailers who don’t stock GNU/Linux but those are decreasing in number steadily. All the advantages that people see on servers are available on desktops/notebooks/thin clients/netbooks/smart thingies. There’s just no reason not to use GNU/Linux and plenty of reasons to use it (low cost, simplicity, easy maintenance, less malware, fewer re-re-reboots, speed, it’s Free Software, the licence costs $0 and you can make as many copies as you like, …). I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because it has great tools for system management, can be used on servers or clients and has a huge repository of software packages and APT (Advanced Packaging Tool).

  • Jan 24 / 2012
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HTC Catches the Train

HTC and Samsung are huge players in smart thingies. It’s a battle to ship more faster. HTC has hired IBM to its sales team. The idea is that IBM will grease the skids for sliding HTC devices into large businesses who buy stuff by the thousands of units. HTC has shipped nearly 100 million units so far.

HTC is also fighting the battle from one individual to the next by opening the boot-loader to run GNU/Linux or other stuff for geeks.

And they are in the mainstream shipping smart thingies to consumers and ISPs.

2012 will see huge take-up in Android/Linux smart phones and tablets and HTC wants its share and is willing to compete on price/performance. M$ is nowhere to be seen.

  • Jan 24 / 2012
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Battle of the Bots

Today this site had an hour-long denial of service. The logs were normal until 6 bots came to visit simultaneously… on a busy day. We’ve doubled the RAM again. Hope this works.