Robert Pogson

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Posts Tagged / China

  • Jun 05 / 2014
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WINDOWS 8 SUSPENDED IN CHINA

There are more details on the rationale for banning “8″ in the Chinese government.
“Microsoft would no longer open its Windows 8 source code to the Chinese government, however the security scheme of the Windows 8 operating system is designed to provide better access for Microsoft to users’ database. For China it’s a big challenge for our cybersecurity”

  • M$ won’t open the code to the Chinese
  • The Chinese have determined the OS allows M$ good access to users’ information, a security threat to the Chinese government
  • The Chinese are aware that M$ is required to cooperate on spying with the USAian government

The big takeaway is that China is serious about having it’s own OS, probably a GNU/Linux OS they can trust. Goodbye XP. Hello GNU/Linux.

“7″? The cost of migrating to GNU/Linux will be less for the Chinese than migrating to “7″ because M$ will want to be paid…

See prime time TV coverage from China: WINDOWS 8 SUSPENSION IN CHINA.

  • May 20 / 2014
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China Officially Gets Off The Wintel Treadmill

I have long advocated that everyone get off the Wintel treadmill. “China has announced that it will forbid the use of the Windows 8 operating system (OS) in new government computers, a move to ensure computer security after the shutdown of Windows XP.
All desktops, laptops and tablet PCs to be purchased by central state organs must be installed with OS other than Windows 8, according to an online statement by the Central Government Procurement Center.”
Now, one of M$’s most loyal customers, the government of China, has seen the light. Depending on M$ for IT leaves them in the lurch with the death of XP. It is just silly to replace perfectly good computers just to change the OS. Unfortunately, instead of a huge rollout of GNU/Linux they are just tweaking the procurement policy but it’s a start.

See China excludes Windows 8 from government computers – Xinhua.

  • Apr 22 / 2014
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Intel Desperately Struggles To Maintain Relevance Against ARM

Intel, despite Moore’s Law advantages, and serious price-cutting, still has difficulty competing against ARM.“Intel is currently offering its dual-core Atom Z2520 for 7-inch models and Atom 3735G for 8-inch ones, while MediaTek is mainly pushing solutions such as 8382 for the white-box tablet market, the sources said.
Intel’s 7-inch tablet solution is currently priced at about US$20 and the 7.85-inch one around US$27. With a LTE module, which raises the overall cost by about US$20, a 7-inch Intel-based white-box tablet currently has an ex-factory price of about US$50, the sources detailed.
A 3G white-box tablet using MediaTek’s solution has a competitive ex-factory price of US$39.9, the sources added.”
They even have ASUS going exclusively with Intel thanks to huge discounts.

OEMs are paying attention. They will demand similar sharp price-cuts for desktop/notebook PCs and M$’s price will stick out like a sore thumb. GNU/Linux, here we come…

See Intel, MediaTek become favorites in China white-box tablet industry.

  • Feb 05 / 2014
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China Picks Sides In The OS Wars

China has really warped web-stats. Despite being a hive of technological activity it is still an emerging market and for whatever reasons clung to the use of illegal copies of XP for far too long. That’s changing slowly but surely.

  • 7.59% went to “7″
  • 1.33% went to iOS
  • 1.74% went to “8″, and
  • 0.8% went to “8.1″

According to StatCounter, in February, 2013, XP had 57.53% share of page-views in China. In January, 2014, the share had dropped to 44.39%. That’s not wonderful but it surely beats staying flat or rising… The question in my mind is where that 13.14% share went.

Month Android/Linux GNU/Linux TOOS
2013-Feb 4.78% 0.18% 89.33%
2014-Jan 6.77% 0.82% 86.19%
Change (PP) 1.99% +0.64% -3.14%
Annual Growth Rate 41.6% 355% -3.5%

That accounts for 11.46%. Most of the rest went to Android/Linux, 1.99%, and GNU/Linux, 0.64%. The rest is mostly noise, like ME actually gaining a bit… The share of Android/Linux for January was 6.77% and GNU/Linux, 0.82%. That’s a big improvement.

I’ll take that. ;-) If this continues a while, the Wintel monopoly will be just a memory very soon.

What does this mean? Well, because that other OS is usually bundled with a PC, it means ~10% of legacy PCs in China were retired. The interesting bit is that ~2.5% were replaced with */Linux devices. That’s consistent with that other OS having no traction with small cheap computers and Android/Linux thriving there. I assume a good share of the XP machines are being converted to GNU/Linux and some GNU/Linux machines are being bought retail. It’s all good.

See StatCounter, Top 8 Desktop, Mobile and Tablet OS

  • Oct 15 / 2013
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Preloaded GNU/Linux systems

Serdar Yegulalp of Computerworld has a nice article that surveys available suppliers of GNU/Linux PCs but then, mysteriously, fails to find the gold-mines:
“Buying a preload is the costliest option, and cost-effective only in that in some cases you’re purchasing support for a custom-built kernel for the system. But it also goes a long way towards guaranteeing that the entire system — Linux distribution, drivers, hardware and all — works well as one complete system.”

Preloaded Linux systems: Weighing the options.

e.g. If you are in South America, Positivo and several other OEMs will sell you GNU/Linux preloaded with no premium at all as will Dell in China…
e.g. Philco brand has two GNU/Linux machines that are cheaper than “8″ and altogether they sell 13 notebook models with that other OS and 18 with GNU/Linux.
e.g. SpaceBr sell the majority of their Desktops with GNU/Linux and good prices. In the best-sellers list, there are 8 GNU/Linux desktops before the first “8″ shows up and the machine with “8″ sells for a much higher price.

e.g Dell.com.cn shows Dell’s latest product, a 14″ Inspiron for ¥ 4999 (US $819.33). A similarly equipped and discounted XPS notebook on Dell.com is $850

So, while Dell and others mess with USAian consumers, the rest of the world is enjoying reasonably priced GNU/Linux machines.

  • Sep 06 / 2013
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Ascent of Ubuntu GNU/Linux

It does pay to have salesmen, especially those who sell software cheaply to OEMs…“Dell are to more than double the number of its Chinese retail stores stocking Ubuntu-loaded laptops, Canonical has announced. “

see Dell To Expand Ubuntu Retail Presence in China.

Dell and Ubuntu GNU/Linux are a marriage made on Earth where Wintel is struggling to stay out from under dust on retail shelves. There are buyers, but only at very low prices. OEMs who pay M$ a huge licensing fee are squeezed. With GNU/Linux costing ~$0, Dell can ship it for peanuts and increase its margin. China has no qualms about GNU/Linux so that is where Dell is pumping them out.

It’s all good. It used to be that RedHat and IBM were pushing GNU/Linux on the desktop but now they mostly roll for businesses. Dell putting Ubuntu GNU/Linux on retail shelves in China could mean huge growth for GNU/Linux. Thanks Canonical and Dell. You are doing good business while making the world a better place.

  • Jul 01 / 2013
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Linux in Education, Teaching, technology

Thailand Orders 1.2 Million Android/Linux Tablet Computers

“China’s Shenzhen Yitoa Intelligent Control and Thai firm Supreme Distribution will provide the tablets, the Education Ministry said in a statement, as the government rolls out its plan to equip 13 million pupils with the handheld devices by the end of next year."Each tablet costs between US$63 and US$93," it said adding the Chinese firm will supply 800,000 tablets to grade 1 (seven to eight-years-old), while the local company will provide more than 425,000 of the devices to seventh graders (13-years-olds).About 850,000 Chinese-made devices have already been distributed, in what the government describes as the world’s largest handout of the devices for education.”

see Thailand orders 1.2 million tablet computers for pupils

Android/Linux customized with local language and a simple layout of the GUI for young children has been working well to bridge the digital divide in Thailand. Since the goal is to equip as many students as possible with small cheap computers to aid education, that other OS need not apply.

  • May 17 / 2013
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China Smartphone Market Going Flat Out

“the pace of inventory build-ups have been unable to catch up with the growth in demand for smartphones in China and other emerging markets, said the sources, noting that overall shipments of smartphones by China-based makers for domestic and overseas sales have skyrocketed to 30 million units a month recently compared to 20 million units in the first quarter of 2013.”
see China market: Several smartphone components in short supply

Eat your heart out, Wintel… While you have negative growth in shipments, stuff with Android/Linux on ARM is maxed out, limited by supplies of components to growth over 100% per quarter.

  • Apr 30 / 2013
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China Is Its Own PC Market

Not only does China make most of the PCs on Earth, it also consumes more than any other nation, 69 million in 2012, and in unique ways:

  • each pair of segments commerce/consumer and desktop/notebook are 50:50,
  • the preferred size of notebook is 14 inches (70%) while most of the world chooses 14 inch less than 30% of the time, and
  • more than 50% of PCs ship with no OS, even less for desktops, while most of the world consumes 90% of PCs with an OS bundled.

China Becomes World’s Leading PC Market in 2012

Some of these characteristics are no doubt because China is still a rapidly growing market for IT but some derive from frugality and energy of the society. No one in China assumes a free lunch. No one assumes it is OK to waste resources.

Whatever the causes, China is in a special situation as far as migrating to GNU/Linux. They use a high proportion of M$’s OS but can easily migrate to GNU/Linux because of the low rate of attachment. It’s just a matter of choosing GNU/Linux to install. That’s in the hands of the consumer or business, not M$ and its “partners”. They also know more than other nations the cost of M$’s OS.

  • Mar 28 / 2013
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US Congress Shoots Self In Foot, Again

“The funding law signed this week by President Barack Obama is part of growing US paranoia over Chinese cyber attacks.
It stops NASA, and the Justice and Commerce Departments from buying information technology systems unless the FBI give the thumbs up. Currently FBI policy is that if the gear comes from a Chinese company there must be something wrong with it.”

see US Congress bans buying Chinese IT

Chuckle. We are entering a new Dark Age for IT in USA. While USA squats in the dirt contemplating its navel, the world moves on with more and better IT in a competitive market where price/performance matters. Remember previous incarnations: GPS crippling, prohibition on exporting encryption, etc.? Those all damaged the USA’s competitiveness while the world got on with creating new markets in spite of the USA. At the same time USA lost huge numbers of jobs in manufacturing and lost pre-eminence in one field after another and ran up huge debts.

Expect more of the same. While the government of the USA (all branches) take themselves seriously while chasing their tails, the world is taking the shortest path to a bright future free from monopoly in IT and everything else. No doubt there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth as USA subsides but it seems to be the way of all things that the legacy of the forefathers gets squandered by the kids.

  • Mar 25 / 2013
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Linux Pre-installed on Laptops in Chinese Supermarket

Found on YouTube, proof that GNU/Linux is sold on retail shelves in China. Enjoy. Too bad it’s a bit fuzzy and shaky. The scene clearly shows a normal retail environment except it’s not locked in to Wintel. There is hope for humanity.

“This video was sent to me by my brother who is teaching in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China. He was very pleased, not to mention surprised, to see the majority of computers for sale in his local supermarket were running Linux..”
see Linux Pre-installed on Laptops in Chinese Supermarket.

  • Feb 11 / 2013
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Ach! DIGITIMES Is Off The Air

“During the Lunar New Year holidays (Feb 9 – Feb 17), DIGITIMES will not post any news updates or send out its daily newsletter. Happy New Year!”
see DIGITIMES daily IT news.

I love Digitimes. They have breakfast when I am winding down my day for the evening and often have news about global and Asian IT. I will miss them as they get serious about Lunar New Year… It’s amazing. Many of the workers in the big cities have family in the remote rural regions and commute hundreds of miles. This just about shuts down manufacturing industries in China for a whole week. It actually dents the GDP.

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