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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. I do not care whether my solution is the same as yours. I like to think for myself.
My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. I have been blessed by working in schools where students and school systems have benefited by good, modular software easily installed in most systems.
I have shown GNU/Linux to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers over the years and will continue in some way doing that until I die in spite of the opposition.
Tag Archives: uptake
M$ sweated the ~$1K box back in the old days but managed by anticompetitive moves to squeeze OEMs.“Digitimes Research expects Lenovo’s and Asustek’s 11.6-inch Chromebooks to be priced at US$149, 25% lower than the US$199 of the C720 from Acer, … Continue reading
Tomorrow, freedom reaches retail shelves bearing PCs. That’s the day M$ throttles supplies of licences for “7” to OEMs. Eventually, the backlog of “7” machines will trickle out and consumers will only be faced with “8*” which many hate. Inevitably, … Continue reading
I know statistics lie. Past performance, even recent past performance, says nothing about the future, but you have to appreciate the huge change happening in Uruguay. In the last month that other OS (all versions) has lost 10% share of … Continue reading
Today, Bodhi Linux is on Death’s doorstep. The leader is quitting, leaving behind a git repository. Bodhi is a nice idea, a light desktop distro that is well documented and using APT packaging. It certainly delivers what many folks need. … Continue reading
NCIX just sent me an e-mail announcing a “back to school” special, new smartphones for $99.95… Look at the features: Model Features Samsung Galaxy Note 3™ 5.7-inch Full HD Screen 13 megapixel camera 2.3 GHz quad-core processor Samsung Galaxy S5™ … Continue reading
I have written about many countries making positive moves to adopt GNU/Linux on the desktop. Here is a graph showing some. With the exception of Cuba, handicapped by US embargo…, the trends are all positive. Those who give GNU/Linux a … Continue reading
For years now, proponents of Wintel being the one true way to do IT, have held that smart thingies and other small“Cell phones differ in both a quantitative and a qualitative sense from other objects that might be carried on … Continue reading
There are blips and there are blips. This was a huge one. For the month of April there was a gradual ramp-up in share of page-views attributed to GNU/Linux according to StatCounter. For the month of May there was an … Continue reading
In a completely random universe, if there are N choices, equally probable, the system tends to approach 1/N for each choice. We are seeing that in IT. Of the few most popular operating systems on client devices, web-stats indicate that … Continue reading
Politics be damned. This weekend, GNU/Linux grew dramatically in Venezuela, according to StatCounter. Thank you, “7” and “8” for staying home. The last few weeks has seen major events that pushed the global share from ~1% to near 2%.
While I take webstats with a grain of salt, they do indicate something is happening in Canada:I still don’t know what it is but the rate of change and magnitude is exciting. I’m thinking this could be a big rollout … Continue reading
There are a couple of assumptions here: page-views, which StatCounter records, are proportional to units installed, and there are about 1500 million, more or less, desktop and notebook PCs out there, in the world. Those are pretty reasonable. Being a … Continue reading