Pronouncements about future growth of Ubuntu GNU/Linux are not based on wishful thinking or tea leaves. Jane Silber has feedback from downloads, updates and OEM shipments to back up huge growth in India as well as China.
“We have chosen India for our biggest retail expansion after China because we see tremendous opportunity and growth in this country. India is one of the countries where Ubuntu is most successful and well received. We see significant growth in Ubuntu adoption in India. Over the last year we saw 160 per cent growth. So, we believe that there is real potential and demand here. I would like to make special mention of our partners because this is done with them. So we can go to the market through our OEMs. Canonical is not building computers and Canonical does not have stores. Our OEM partners know very well and have much more data than we do about the many machines that ship in India with Ubuntu pre-installed. Our OEM partners believe that we can grow with proper marketing and education.”
GNU/Linux does very well in a competitive environment. Ordinary people are getting to know about GNU/Linux at school, from associates and OEMs and retailers. They are not locked into Wintel and affordable IT using GNU/Linux makes sense to everyone. In these circumstances it is reasonable to believe this growth will continue until GNU/Linux has huge share of installed OS in India. With India’s huge population and rapid growth, the sky is the limit.
see EFYtimes – Diksha P Gupta “Ubuntu Adoption Grew 160 Per Cent In India Last Year”.