Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Nov 23 / 2012
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Big Swing in PC Shipments in Malaysia

“According to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker, third quarter 2012 shipments of PCs in Malaysia dropped sharply compared to the second quarter – down to 634,000 units which is a decline of 29%. Despite support and end user incentives from principal multinational corporations, channels were still stuck with high levels of ageing inventory due to continuously sluggish demand by end users.”

see PC Shipments Stunted Ahead of Windows 8 Launch while Consumers Remain Distracted by Alternative Devices.

“Distracted”? Uh, no. Consumers have little need of a over-powered/huge/clumsy/expensive big box PC or a burdensome notebook either. They can do it all with a smart phone running */Linux. The fall of 29% includes the end of a government procurement (of notebooks running “7″). This is not just a shift to less Wintel but a shift to more GNU/Linux and more Android/Linux. It puts the lie to the saying that folks “choose” Wintel when that’s all that was on retail shelves. There’s more choice on retail shelves today and more real choices are being made. This is not a blip but the new way of IT. Get used to it.

The government of Malaysia is actively promoting GNU/Linux. Whatever came over them to order “7″ is beyond me. There is no upside for students or governments with “7″. No doubt, if a lot of the money went to M$, less went to the manufacturers of the hardware…

  • Nov 23 / 2012
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Fallout From Migrations of Office Suite

“…moving from Microsoft Office to open source alternatives like OpenOffice is normal, the expected, the non-newsworthy common occurrence.  It is “dog bites man”.  Moving in the opposite direction, from free software to proprietary is newsworthy because it is so rare.  It is “man bites dog”

via A Tale of Two Cities.

Isn’t it the truth? There was a wave of huge migrations to FLOSS in the period of 2003-2005 which made headlines but far larger migrations recently barely are noticed in the noise. We now have several governments of large nations moving to GNU/Linux and FLOSS, huge corporations like Google too and countless millions of individuals. It’s not news any longer but I still enjoy reading about it when it does break through.

M$ has some tenets about mindshare for technology. One of them is that you only win when the status quo becomes thinking the competing technology works is a mental defect. Conversely, M$ must know it is losing because no one now believes using FLOSS (GNU/Linux, Android/Linux, FLOSS applications…) is irrational. FLOSS works for everyone who tries it. The few exceptions I have read are quite unusual, involving some constraint other than price/performance, like inability to run application X. When people consider “doing task X” instead of some lock-in they suddenly find themselves doing IT the right way, the way that works for them.

Really, the time of early adopters was long ago. Mainstream use on servers happened since 2000. Mainstream use on small cheap computers is everywhere now and big expensive computers are nearly obsolete. M$’s attempts to run on small cheap computers by making its own hardware is dooming that other OS to a small share sooner or later. Current inventories of PCs running that other OS will meet the need to run “application X” for years to come. After that, everyone except very few will run web applications that work for any OS on the client PC. Mobile and thin client is the future of client computing.

  • Nov 23 / 2012
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M$ Caught Astroturfing

“The multi-billion-dollar astroturf campaign for Vista 8 and Microsoft’s UEFI-encumbered hardware are both failing, but for new hardware with UEFI there are still issues”

via Vista 8 Endorsements Are Fake, Microsoft Decided to Break Rather Than Make | Techrights.

Don’t you just love it? M$ has so little confidence in the quality and success in the market of their product even with a monopoly on retail shelf-space in many places that it feels the need pay rich/popular people handsomely to promote “8″ whether or not those people even use the product…
Astroturfing refers to political, advertising or public relations campaigns that are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant. Astroturfing is intended to give the statements the credibility of an independent entity by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term is a derivation of AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass.”

I have run on real Astroturf. It’s not as good as the real thing. Too much bounce…

Meanwhile, I use Debian GNU/Linux. It’s the greatest OS on the planet and no one had to pay me to write this. I run it on many PCs in my home and even on my router. I ran it on hundreds of PCs in many schools over the last 15 years and found it reduced costs: maintenance, malware, performance and it will run on anything.

  • Nov 23 / 2012
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Munich Keeps on Saving With GNU/Linux

Munich’s IT department has reported to city council a savings of €10 million by using GNU/Linux instead of that other OS and its office suite. They graciously allowed the non-OS costs to be the same…

see Linux in Munich: saving 10 million euros | H Open.

While cost was not the prime motivator for Munich’s migration to GNU/Linux it is a clear benefit. Imagine this money rolling in forever, not just over the few years of the Limux project so far. It’s like an annual tax-discount or an annual donation of software by the world to Munich. The world can and does make its own software and it works for real people and their IT systems large or small. Munich has more than 10K PCs running GNU/Linux and FLOSS and it works for them.

Perhaps the naysayers will shut up with their constant nattering that Limux is a failure with excessive costs. They demanded an accounting and they got it. Only the mathematically challenged would not see the excessive (above market cost) licensing fees of that other OS forever amounting to less than FLOSS. Only stupid people would not see that GNU/Linux can do anything that other OS can and without the burden of the EULA, GNU/Linux can do more faster, and cheaper.

  • Nov 23 / 2012
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M$ is a Dropout

IT has moved on and M$ has “dropped out”. They are the losers of the 21st century. Walmart is advertising tablets and naturally, if you select the lowest priced ones, you see nothing but Android/Linux on dozens of choices. Look as I might, there was not one running that other OS, not “8″, “7″ or not-Metro at any price…


  • System Blackberry Tablet OS 1
  • Google Android 88

They should show

  • That Other OS 0,nada,zilch

see Tablet PCs : iPad & eReaders –

The inevitable result is that M$’s share of IT, even on consumers’ PCs is declining rapidly. Moore’s Law, FLOSS and the world has moved on at a great pace no longer willing to be taxed, restricted and limited by M$.