Vive La France Libre! GNU/Linux Rolls Onwards And Upwards

France has been a leading adopter of FLOSS for years. France was the home of Mandrake GNU/Linux. The French government has used FLOSS itself and distributed FLOSS to students. They’ve even promoted FLOSS in the colonies. All that was just cultivating the radical shifts we see now. Just as in many other countries, GNU/Linux is on a webstat roll.“forget the endless rows of high-definition televisions, Android tablets, and shiny automobiles that can access Facebook. If you want a glimpse at the future, pay attention to the absurd yet magical gizmos coming out of France. Here in Las Vegas, at least, its technology minds are simply belting the competition.”
See France Is Absolutely Crushing It at CES.
See also, the French government boasting about the French tech sector.

According to StatCounter, in France, GNU/Linux has overtaken Vista and “8” and moved up about the same distance as MacOS, so much so that both “8.1” and “7” declined in the last week.
See Top 7 Desktop OSs in France from 1 Jan to 2 Apr 2015.

I guess the bottom line is that it pays to have salesmen and fans. GNU/Linux has both in France.

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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6 Responses to Vive La France Libre! GNU/Linux Rolls Onwards And Upwards

  1. DrLoser wrote, again, “Statistical variance over a small period.”

    That’s a phenomenon that we see in spikes/dips of a day or two duration. A ramp up or down for months is not a statistical variance except as indicating a trend. The page-views are counted daily. The probability of large regions over many days having the same glitch is exceedingly low as you can tell by flipping coins. You are very likely to get a few in a row but not 30 or 50. I’ve never seen that, yet here it is week after week on StatCounter.

    Now, StatCounter can change its methods or users can change their habits or the structure of sites monitored can change but that’s not some random thing that will go away tomorrow. IT is in constant change. Movement to GNU/Linux desktops is one of the changes happening today. Deny it all you want.

  2. DrLoser says:

    Yes, roll-outs do happen. That was a big one.

    If that was indeed a roll-out, it wasn’t a very successful one, was it? The precipitous drop I mentioned at the end actually brought the number of Linux page-views down to only 75% of what they were at the start.

    Helpful as always, I offer you the following explanations for that inconvenient fact:

    1. StatCounter changed their methodology at precisely the same time.
    2. Windows 8.1 users learned how to spoof the HTML header and pretend to be Linux.
    3. The Linux experience is so good that every new user immediately stopped browsing, and started composing symphonies on the powerful new music apps instead.
    4. Everybody in France goes on holiday on 13th June and doesn’t come back until the end of August.
    5. The dog ate my homework.
    6. It’s a conspiracy by the Elders of Zion.
    7. It was a disturbance in the Force, young Jedi.
    8. It was a trial run for the last eight weeks, whose success is noted in the OP.
    9. StatsCounter numbers suffer from bit-rot. Linux bits face severe monopoly pressure, and rot faster than other bits.
    10. Statistical variance over a small period.

    Whoops, I appear inadvertently to have emphasised one of them. Never mind. I’m sure we all have our own favourites.

  3. kurkosdr wrote, “you failed to report it”.

    Not failure. I chose not to report that because it’s old news that Android/Linux is a winner and all kind of applications are being ported to/from it. Wintel’s ISV lock-in died years ago.

  4. kurkosdr says:

    While you were busy squinting at graphs, this happened and you failed to report it:

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/3/8339197/android-apps-on-windows-mac-linux-chrome-os

    Lots of commentary that can be made on that.

    I am dissapoint.

  5. DrLoser wrote, “you missed a very heady period between 19/05/2014 and 11/06/2014, in which Linux soared from 4% in France to 8.56%!”

    Yes, roll-outs do happen. That was a big one. Before: March – 1.84% After: August – 2%. In a country the size of France, that change is a lot of users. ~50M connected users implies 80K users switched to GNU/Linux. That could be part of the Gendarmerie’s migration which was completed in 2014. Perhaps they had no white list until they noticed the webstats…

  6. DrLoser says:

    Unnacountably, Robert, you missed a very heady period between 19/05/2014 and 11/06/2014, in which Linux soared from 4% in France to 8.56%!

    Fairly obviously, given the start-point of your latest graph, something very nasty happened soon after 11th June. On 13th June, in fact.

    Still, this time it will be different. It’s always different. Every time.

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