What Difference Can a Year Make?

A year ago, Laurie Wurster, of Gartner published a blog entry with some vital statistics:

There’s no mention of desktops in the article but there’s lots of mention of applications, the glue that keeps M$’s stuff on desktops in business. 22% consistently using FLOSS and 20% trying it out or 46% using it in some departments amounts to the possibility of using FLOSS widely today. I like that.

That’s consistent with the Linux Foundation’s findings last year as well. Businesses using GNU/Linux intend to use more of GNU/Linux. The Wall Street Journal also reported employment opportunities in FLOSS are up.

Web stats suggest GNU/Linux on client machines continues to rise and even Dell is exploiting hot spots of GNU/Linux adoption.

The difference a year can make is huge. A year ago, it was “standard wisdom” among many that GNU/Linux could never make it on the desktop. That does not seem to be the case today. The question this year seems to be what share M$ can retain, if any.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to What Difference Can a Year Make?

  1. Amen. I have had a few bad years in my life. One was from using a broken leg. The others were from using that other OS… I remember one place where the boss loved that other OS. I had to skip lunch just to update the cluster of servers of which they had too many because that other OS was such a kludge. In the year I was there, the client systems never took a “Patch Tuesday” update properly. There were machines randomly not taking the patch, between 5 and 10% of machines at each go. Then there were crashing of “roaming profiles”… It was a bad year. I was doing three times as much work as necessary if we had been using GNU/Linux. I did put GNU/Linux on 24 old machines in the lab downstairs and they instantly ceased to be a problem for me, students and teachers.

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Robert Pogson said:

    “I think they have lives too.”

    I have more of a life since I switched to GNU/Linux. No more day-long plus installations just because of a few bad sectors on the hard drive. No more anxiety over malware. One update manager instead of dozens. No more unexpected interruptions. No more defragging. No more reboots at the slightest provocation. A desktop that responds to me and not one that I am forced respond to.

    The truth is that since I have been using GNU/Linux I have lived many more days, weeks and months in peace and tranquility than I would have if I had stayed with Microsoft.

  3. Kozmcrae says:

    “The weather was record-setting…”

    We must live in the same weather pattern. It was a lovely day here too. I went on a two hour walk myself but I always have time to taunt the Cult of Microsoft.

  4. I think they have lives too. I went for a long walk with my grand daughter. She’s not yet 3 and we walked a mile… The weather was record-setting: six standard deviations above the normal maximum for this day. I also transplanted my tomato seedlings into larger pots. The “little woman” objects to too much of her house being taken over by ugly little green things, so I ramp things up a bit. Today I only got about 1/4 of my seedlings moved. I shall have to work harder. I have a flat tire on my garden tractor… Page views were way down today.

  5. Kozmcrae says:

    And where is the Cult of Microsoft with their “Year of the Linux Desktop” chant? Could it be they finally realized they are fighting a lost cause? More than likely they are rebuilding their systems after getting owned by the latest malware.

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