Robert Pogson

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Penguins Seen Over California

  • Mar 01 / 2012
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Penguins Seen Over California

About the same time that Mountain View, California was shifting to 88% GNU/Linux, according to NetApplications, California shifted from 1.5% to 18%. What’s with that? Google has only 10K employees in Mountain View, not enough to change the share in California that much.

California has 37 million population, and probably ~15 million PCs. Where did ~3 million GNU/Linux PCs pop-up? Military bases? Schools? A bunch of large enterprises? Google has only 32K employees globally.

One Comment

  1. gewg_

    Where did ~3 million GNU/Linux PCs pop-up?

    Oh, the hardware was always here–it was just running junky software.
    Some of that had EoL’d and was finally replaced. I’ve seen several systems on CraigsList with Puppy or Ubuntu.

    I also suspect there were some Product Activations which, after years/reinstalls, ran afoul of Redmond’s blessing. (I remember that Windoze Genuine Advantage had a 44 percent failure rate at one point. Heh.)

    Some of us got tired of chasing down device drivers for our old M$ OS and new peripherals (and finding that those didn’t exist anyway).
    There’s a rumor I’ve heard several places which says MSFT offers vendors financial incentives to remove those drivers from their sites.

    After using a LiveCD (to recover from a M$ failure), some of us simply discovered that we didn’t need M$’s junk any more.

    …then there those of us who got tired of screwing around with anti-whatever apps–and getting pwned anyway.
    As that Nobel laureate said, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. We may be dumb (to have bought M$’s junk in the first place) but we’re not insane.

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