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Discovering GNU/Linux

Every user of GNU/Linux either has it imposed on them by some higher power or has an “AH HA! moment”.“This is pretty cool. Can I keep it, please?See Zorin OS: Can I keep it, please?.” I’ve both seen the “Ah … Continue reading

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Yes, Using That Other OS Can Hurt Your Business

Yes. For years my business was education, K-12. I switched to GNU/Linux because that other OS would not work for me and my students: refusing to boot, re-re-rebooting, picking up malware, slowing down, freezing, etc.“A few days ago in the … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux At Work And Play In India

There are two myths about GNU/Linux on the desktop that I’d like to dispell: You can’t find it on retail shelves, and you can’t use it for work. India has disproved both. This graph derived from StatCounter shows that GNU/Linux … Continue reading

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Another School Finds GNU/Linux Desktops Work For Them

This was exactly my experience with XP in remote northern schools in Canada.“In comparing the use of Linux to Windows 7 on the same hardware, the kids overwhelmingly preferred Linux for speed, look and feel, and general stability. Although our … Continue reading

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Escape

Ever seen one of those “prisoner of war escapes” movies?“To adjust my OS to fit my needs, and NOT to adjust my needs to fit the software I’m using.” All kinds of emotions and motivations overlap until someone takes terrible … Continue reading

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Heartbeat of India Racing Onward

GNU/Linux desktop page-views keep growing every week in India. It’s just amazing to see this growth. Apparently there is a steady supply of GNU/Linux desktops on retail shelves. Nothing else explains this pattern. It’s not a roll-out. It’s a flow … Continue reading

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Desktop */Linux Trends In Canada

Now that we’ve pretty well figured out that the huge “Unkown” thing in StatCounter‘s “desktop” OS category is closely related to Android/Linux, this graph makes sense. Some people in Canada are hooking up Android/Linux systems to big screens. GNU/Linux is … Continue reading

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Unknown Unknowns

“Unknown” in StatCounters’s language probably means an unrecognized User-Agent string from a browser. Usually, that’s remedied in a few weeks and life carries on. What’s “Unknown” in Russia? By now we should have it revealed, but no, it’s still “Unknown”. … Continue reading

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Chromebooks By The Millions

“IDC expects more than 9 million Chromebooks to be sold this year, up from 6 million in 2014, and 2.6 million in 2013. Chromebooks are thin-client devices that access applications over the Internet or corporate network rather than from an … Continue reading

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Three Worlds

In IT there are three worlds: old, established markets like USA locked into doing things the old way, old, established markets like Europe locked in but looking for a way forward, and new, emerging markets like India not locked in … Continue reading

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Milestone: India Reaches 2% Share Of GNU/Linux Page-views

2015 has been a great year for GNU/Linux on the desktop in India. From around 1.85%, the share of page-views of GNU/Linux has rapidly grown to 2%. It was only that high on one day back in 2012 before this. … Continue reading

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Weekends In Canada

I am disappointed that Canada is not the world leader in adoption of GNU/Linux desktops. It’s not from want of trying. Many individuals and groups in Canada have done a lot for GNU/Linux in schools, for instance, in Quebec, B.C., … Continue reading

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