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 try benefit from that and expand their usage. Further, this continues to happen even with the decline in shipments of new legacy PCs because of the move to smaller and cheaper computers of all kinds. The world would be a better place sooner if the slope was higher but we lack salesmen and space on retail shelves so we get what we get.
This sample, while chosen with high-adopters in mind, is quite representative of the world having countries from rich and poor, east and west, north and south. Taken together, this is proof that GNU/Linux can work for any kind of people from anywhere. Besides absence from some retail shelves, all it will take to get other countries to adopt GNU/Linux more widely is some local talent and initiative, perhaps inflamed by the current USA/NSA scandal compounded by USA spying on its allies. To be secure in this world, I think one has to avoid M$’s OS simply because M$ is beholden to USA for not putting M$ out of business despite illegal practices, scandalous insecurity and plagues of bugs. If USA put as much pressure on M$ as they did automakers, M$ would be a very diffferent operation today and GNU/Linux would have had a fair shake on those retail shelves. Whatever. The world is becoming a better place both despite USA and it’s favourite software-maker and because of USA and it’s favourite software-maker. It’s all good in the long term.