Year 2012 in Review

2012 solidified Android/Linux’s grip on IT and showed, finally, widespread availability of GNU/Linux on retail shelves. It can’t get much better than this:

Joinup documents and facilitates huge growth in use of FLOSS and GNU/Linux in European governments.

Munich finally migrated its 12000th PC. We are so relieved that the trolls no longer pronounce Limux a failure and there’s a little matter of profit, besides.

Dell has expanded its relationship with Canonical selling GNU/Linux in more than 1000 stores in China and India and Walmart in Brazil sells more GNU/Linux desktop PCs than that other OS.

It has been a good year. Even my garden did well despite a terrible drought and my deglect. 2013 promises to be even better. While 2012 showed the Wintel monopoly flattening. I expect 2013 to show serious decline for software slavery.

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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13 Responses to Year 2012 in Review

  1. Yonah says:

    Robert: “…but in China everyone is so brilliant installing another OS is second-nature.”

    Installing it themselves? No, but taking the machine to a shop to have Windows installed on it is second-nature in China. Often for less than 100 yuan.

  2. eug says:

    Once upon a time there was a nice livecd called “kurumin linux” but unfortunately its creator, Carlos Morimoto put it to rest in peace… :(
    ;
    http://www.hardware.com.br/kurumin/

  3. eug says:

    I have seen laptops and desktops with mandriva and ubuntu, but most of them come with “flavors” like librix, satux or other non-mainstream/local distros.

  4. eug wrote, “Almost all of them will have linux replaced by a non-licenced copy of windoze…”

    So, in the USA people buy that other OS because they are incapable of installing any other OS but in China everyone is so brilliant installing another OS is second-nature. Amazing. eug must have chameleon-like ancestors.

  5. Thanks for the link:

    “25% remained with Linux.”

    This is further confirmation that use of GNU/Linux in Brazil is far above ~1%.

    see http://idgnow.uol.com.br/ti-pessoal/2006/06/07/idgnoticia.2006-06-07.4407430226/IDGNoticia_view

  6. Steven Kinski wrote, “old Bob Pogson has done nothing for Linux this year”

    I have tested a lot of software and written a lot about GNU/Linux this year. I can also rest on my laurels a bit having done enough to bring a smile to my face even in old age.

  7. Steven Kinski says:

    Does oiaohm live near a school? Just asking …

  8. eug says:

    Just to cite one thing, not all distros have built in support for ipw2200.

  9. Steven Kinski says:

    As usual, old Bob Pogson has done nothing for Linux this year. That’s the sad story of 2012. Linus Torvalds is not a Microsoft hater, yet he achieved much. Bob Pogson is a Microsoft hater, yet he achieved nothing besides creating this place where the Linux idiot brigade meets.

    Save them, Lord Jesus!

  10. kozmcrae says:

    eug wrote (from the link):

    “Another computer maker, which is not to be identified, said 90% of calls to your call center are from people who switched from Windows to Linux and are having problems with installing some drivers or access the internet.”

    That statement seems rather suspect. For that last few years any Linux install I’ve made (and that’s at least 6 or so) I’ve never had to do anything to get the Internet to work. It just worked. No questions about service providers or Ethernet ports, nothing!

  11. eug says:

    PC popular: usuário troca Linux por Windows
    Essa já tava
    anunciada.
    Com os vários problemas que já foram reportados, inclusive aqui no fórum, com esse computadores vendidos com Linux, já dava pra saber que isso ia acontecer.
    Os fabricantes vendem o PC com Linux e, em muitos casos, não instalam drivers e configuram para que ele seja entregue em perfeitas condições de uso. Isso somado ao fato da maioria dos usuários já estarem mais acostumados com o windows e a facilidade da pirataria…É nisso que dá!

    Se é pra vender PC com Linux, que seja configurado e pronto pra usar. Isso deveria ser regulamentado e fiscalizado.
    E as empresas que não cumprissem, deveriam ser punidas.

    Segunda pesquisa realizada pela Positivo, 75% dos compradores de PC’s com Linux, mudaram para o Windows nos 3 primeiros meses.

    Leiam notícia completa no link.

    http://www.hardware.com.br/comunidade/linux-computador/298821/

  12. eug says:

    “Dell has expanded its relationship with Canonical selling GNU/Linux in more than 1000 stores in China and India and Walmart in Brazil sells more GNU/Linux desktop PCs than that other OS.”

    Almost all of them will have linux replaced by a non-licenced copy of windoze…

  13. kozmcrae says:

    Robert Pogson wrote:

    “It has been a good year.”

    Yes, that and we’re still here! ;-)

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