FLOSS Grows Stronger in Albania

FLOSS is everywhere these days, even in Albania.“more than 400 free libre open source technology enthusiasts, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for the local community and governments to develop and customize to its needs; that knowledge is a communal property and free and open to everyone.
See OSCAL '15 | Open Source Conference Albania 2015.”
If you can get 400 people out of 3 million to show up for a conference on FLOSS, you can do just about anything. I think Albanians are getting excited about FLOSS, even GNU/Linux on the desktop:

See Statcounter, Top 7 Desktop OSs in Albania From Apr 2011 to Mar 2015

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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12 Responses to FLOSS Grows Stronger in Albania

  1. DrLoser says:

    Well, calling me stupid has its repercussions. What bigot dismisses a whole nation?

    What makes you think I was doing any such thing?

    Oh, and by the way, you missed out Jim Belushi (a much nicer guy, and just as funny). And Mother Theresa, for what that is worth.

    Attempting to “Shame” people on the grounds of bigotry is not really your forte, is it, Robert?

  2. DrLoser wrote, “There are roughly three million Albanians inside Albania, Robert. Not a single one of them has “changed the world” since the Despotate of Epiros, and even that was six hundred and fifty years ago.”

    Well, calling me stupid has its repercussions. What bigot dismisses a whole nation?

    John Belushi’s ancestry was Albanian.

  3. DrLoser says:

    You bet it is. If Albania can get people excited about GNU/Linux imagine how many excited bodies there are in the wider world. The rest of us are way more than 90%. It’s more like 99.96%. ie. 400/3millionX7000million = 930K FLOSSIES. Yes! A major army of FLOSSIES can change the world.

    Isn’t it lovely to get the chance to anthropomorphise an entire country, Robert? Also, very stupid indeed.

    There are roughly three million Albanians inside Albania, Robert. Not a single one of them has “changed the world” since the Despotate of Epiros, and even that was six hundred and fifty years ago.

    It’s even a little weird to consider what an Albanian might find “exciting.” But, trust me, it ain’t gonna be FLOSS.

    Let’s take food first:

    After half a century of Stalinist dictatorship, food culture is virtually nonexistent. For decades, there was little on the market beyond basic staples, and today, dire poverty has left most Albanians with little more to eat than bread, rice, yogurt, and beans. In as much as it has survived at all, Albanian cuisine is meat-oriented. Traditional dishes, which usually are reserved for guests and special occasions such as weddings, are easier to find among Albanians living abroad.

    Excited? Not me. But that’s unfair. Let’s try again, with culture:

    During the 16th to 17th centuries, the catechism E mbësuame krishterë (Christian Teachings) (1592) by Lekë Matrënga, Doktrina e krishterë (The Christian Doctrine) (1618) and Rituale romanum (1621) by Pjetër Budi, the first writer of original Albanian prose and poetry, an apology for George Castriot (1636) by Frang Bardhi, who also published a dictionary and folklore creations, the theological-philosophical treaty Cuneus Prophetarum (The Band of Prophets) (1685) by Pjetër Bogdani, the most universal personality of Albanian Middle Ages, were published in Albanian. The most famous Albanian writer is probably Ismail Kadare.

    And every last one of us reads at least a paragraph from Ismail Kadare before we go to bed each night.

    Actually, they’re pretty darned good at music. But then, you don’t want to know that. As oldfart has pointed out, music is not an area in which FLOSS excels.

    In short, Robert, if you want to live an especially vicious, deprived, medieval, agrarian life, with the excellent possibility that the Kossovo Mafia will randomly take everything you own away from you …

    … Yes, Albania is a triffically exciting place to be in. Follow your principles! Move there right now!

  4. dougman says:

    Santiago is a lovely place to vacation btw.

  5. ram wrote, “I still don’t think Statcounter is tracking outside of North America at all accurately.”

    Amen. It’s just impossible to do that. People tend not to cross physical, political, linguistic, customary lines regularly. Just try reading German sites using Google Translate… 8-( so one should not expect the same percentage of users in Germany to visit site X in USA as USAians do. So, “global” stats of that kind are pretty well meaningless. StatCounter tries to get around that by not even trying to weight their data, claiming that makes it “unbiased”, but what it does is definitely biased when you cross boundaries or group various cultures/communities by arbitrary lines on a map. That said, the data within a particular boundary does make some sense with respect to itself, ie. increasing, decreasing, rates of change. That’s what interests me, that GNU/Linux has almost always been growing faster and slower but 2015 is extreme. Something has changed. It’s some combination of StatCounter’s sample changing and the use of GNU/Linux changing. Whatever is the cause/effect, the idea that a decade ago GNU/Linux could never make it on the desktop on the basis of ~1% web-stats was clearly wrong and by next year, there might be no country on Earth with less than 1% share for GNU/Linux and at the high end we could be seeing ~10% in the hot places, what I thought the share was about the time I started this blog. The webstats are now showing shares of ~3% widely but IDC measured that kind of share back in 2003… and GNU/Linux has been growing ever since. That growth has nowhere to hide now that Wintel is slack.

  6. ram says:

    It may have been hard to find non-Microsoft boxes in consumer stores in North America, but it was a totally different story in Asia. Part of the reason was that early Microsoft systems could not handle the character sets of asian languages whereas Unix-like operating systems (e.g. SunOS, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, BSD, Linux) always did nearly from the beginning.

    I still don’t think Statcounter is tracking outside of North America at all accurately.

    I trust what I can see in my customer’s offices and with discussions with other webmasters. Microsoft was never as big as they claimed.

  7. ram wrote, “Microsoft has never (in total) been greater than 30 percent of hits. Their entire “monopoly” propaganda was just that: propaganda. “

    This is an April’s Fool joke, right? In the early 2000s, it was extremely difficult to find GNU/Linux PCs on retail shelves, where most consumers find PCs. Apple sold a small percentage of units. That left M$ with over 90% of units shipped, hence their obscene profits/revenue. That was a monopoly even though they told the court about severe competition…

    We are now into a regime where M$ is having to work for a living but they still ship a huge number of licences/copies. They lost monopoly by last year if you count all operating systems but they still are well over 50% of desktop/notebook. That’s changing. Some of the webstats look as if XP is going to the scrap heap and not being replaced. That is what’s increasing GNU/Linux share, not just an increasing volume of units shipped. Change is happening but it’s still too slow.

    I’m pretty sure StatCounter under reports GNU/Linux but I doubt it’s deliberate, just that it’s not a truly random sampling going on.

  8. ram says:

    Statcounter has always vastly underestimated operating systems that were not Microsoft ones. I don’t know why you keep quoting them. Webmasters, especially those that operate dozens of websites over just as many industries, can see from their server stats that Microsoft has never (in total) been greater than 30 percent of hits. Their entire “monopoly” propaganda was just that: propaganda. Designed to get the mullets in North America that follow anything they “think” is “popular” to buy Microsoft (especially their stock!).

    At this point, Microsoft’s latest UEFI (or whatever it is called) doesn’t matter. Many major asian manufactureres are making computers and motherboards that are fully Linux compatible. That is what nearly all of Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and India will be buying. Microsoft might choke large consumer retail outlets in North America with UEFI+++, but it doesn’t matter. North America doesn’t have the people (there are more Linux users in China alone than there are PEOPLE in all of North America!), asian “white boxes” will still be for sale (perhaps black market) all over North America, and quite frankly: “Linux is where the money is”.

  9. DrLoser wrote, “I’m not entirely sure that an iceberg is much of an analogy for anything at all in IT, but if it is, I have to presume that the fabled 90% “underwater” is quite important.”

    You bet it is. If Albania can get people excited about GNU/Linux imagine how many excited bodies there are in the wider world. The rest of us are way more than 90%. It’s more like 99.96%. ie. 400/3millionX7000million = 930K FLOSSIES. Yes! A major army of FLOSSIES can change the world.

  10. Dr Loser says:

    Albania, by the way is just the tip of an iceberg.

    Hardly, Robert. Albania, by the way, is a dismal failed state in the Balkans that looks up to Greece as an aspirational role model.

    I’m not entirely sure that an iceberg is much of an analogy for anything at all in IT, but if it is, I have to presume that the fabled 90% “underwater” is quite important.

    In which case a normal person would quote part of the 90%. Not a country that regularly features, only slightly anonymised, in Dilbert cartoons.

  11. I’ve gone back and updated all my relevant posts in 2015 with the tag, 2015 – Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop….

    Albania, by the way is just the tip of an iceberg. This kind of stuff is happening all over the world. It took me until March to realize Earth had tilted on its axis, breaking the Wintel monopoly. This was not a natural phenomenon. People had to work to put GNU/Linux on retail shelves and in schools and offices, but it’s happened and is continuing to happen at a great rate.

  12. DrLoser says:

    FLOSS grows stronger in Albania?

    What next, Robert?

    “Small earthquake in Chile. Not many FLOSS developers hurt.”

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