Author Archives: Robert Pogson

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.

M$ – Still Slinging FUD Against The Wall Of FLOSS

“Microsoft writes about the switch of the city of Pesaro from OpenOffice to Office 365. There are however many questions around the publication that should provide backing for the switch. Yet Microsoft uses that publication on it’s website for promotion … Continue reading

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The Munich Revolution

Lately, in the news, we read that agitators are still pushing to roll back GNU/Linux desktops. It turns out that GNU/Linux is thriving in Munich. A recent update has these highlights: The complement of PCs has risen to 24K 18K … Continue reading

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Spikes In Utilization Of GNU/Linux Return In Finland

 See Top 7 Desktop OSs In Finland From 1 Jan to 20 Aug 2015There hasn’t been a lot of good news on the stats-front this quarter but things are heating up in Finland. The spikes in utilization are back. This … Continue reading

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Trump’s Stats

“The survey finds Trump with the support of 24% of Republican registered voters. His nearest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, stands 11 points behind at 13%. Just behind Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 9%, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio … Continue reading

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Competition Returns For Desktop OS And Business – Chromebook v Wintel

“Google saw Chrome rise to take the number one spot in market share”, from January through mid-July, Stephen Baker, NPD’s vice president of industry analysis, says.” See Why would Dell sell a business Chromebook that competes with Office and Windows 10?Chuckle… … Continue reading

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One Definition Of Lock-in: Running “2003” So Many Years Later

“Further analysis of the low-level TCP/IP characteristics reveals a total of 609,000 web-facing computers running Windows Server 2003. This is over 10% of all web-facing computers, and shows the true potential cost of migration, as software licensing is typically charged … Continue reading

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Of Course, LibreOffice Is Easy To Deploy And Use. It’s FLOSS. It’s An Office Suite.

“Nantes has now switched half of its 5000 workstations (PCs and laptops) to the LibreOffice open source office suite. …The support team was not as busy as anticipated, and two out of three civil servants had no major problems using the … Continue reading

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Canonical Throws Developers Under The Bus

“You have a stable app store deployed for millions of users and developers and it’s unmaintained, with the users and developers frustrated… Yes, this will be better with snappy or click or whatever.. But now, you have a stable system … Continue reading

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Finally, Google And OEMs Get Serious About  Patching Android/Linux

It’s not enough to have the most ubiquitous OS on the planet.“My guess is that this is the single largest software update the world has ever seen. Hundreds of millions of devices are going to be updated in the next … Continue reading

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UK Government Squirming To Escape Being Crushed By Non-FREE Software Licences

“Whitehall bean counters have ordered government departments to find fresh ways to end their reliance on Oracle.…The trigger for the anti-Oracle edict was the end of extended support for Microsoft’s Windows XP back in 2014. The Cabinet Office negotiated a … Continue reading

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2015 – GNU/Linux Beats Vista

I read an article online that threw out some “red meat”, that Vista was still ahead of GNU/Linux on desktops. That’s false. While Vista has lately been ahead of GNU/Linux in page-views, the PCs bearing GNU/Linux are still out there … Continue reading

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Slavery “Necessary” Says Education Department Of Extremadura

“the administration will not cancel the EUR 38 million request for PC hardware and proprietary software licences, published by its predecessor. The procurement includes a request for licences for specific brands and products of proprietary operating systems and office productivity … Continue reading

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