Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Dec 08 / 2012
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Three Times More Smartphones Shipped Than PCs in 2012 Q3 in China

“the PRC smartphone shipments reached a record high and broke past the 60 million unit mark in 2012 Q3, over three times more than PRC PC shipments in the same quarter. Smartphones shipped to the PRC grew 38% QoQ, far outpacing the 9% QoQ growth of the total mobile phone market.”

see Over Three Times More Smartphones Shipped Than PCs in 2012 Q3 in the PRC, Says IDC.

Sixty million is a lot of smart phones. It’s another reason that PC sales have stalled. The smart phone is for everyone. Only a few need a mainframe on their desk. It’s also another example of China gaining independence in IT from the rest of the world. An OEM does not need to sell outside China to be world-class, but they do and the world knows it. Very little of this industry or its economy depend on M$. That’s the way it should be. We don’t need monopoly in IT anywhere.

  • Dec 08 / 2012
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Bern Prefers FLOSS

“A clear majority in the council of the Swiss city of Bern has voted for a switch to free and open source IT solutions. It instructs the city’s IT department to make future IT purchases platform and vendor neutral and to prefer using open source solutions. This way, the council wants to rid the city of IT vendor lock-in.”

see Majority in Bern council tells Swiss city to switch to open source | Joinup.

Of course, this is what every government and organization should do. It is so much more efficient to cooperate with the world in the development of good IT rather than being isolated and dependent on a few suppliers intent on maximizing profits. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux as a base for all your IT. Debian works cooperatively with the world to assemble powerful tools for every aspect of IT.

The Join-up site in Europe serves to inform and facilitate organizations using FLOSS. Bern has one of the lowest rates of usage of that other OS if you believe NetApplications but GNU/Linux should get a pop from this move.