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JeSuisCharlie Even my broken French can read that as “I am Charlie”, a wave of support for the outrageous French magazine raided by murdering scum today. If ever there was proof that a right to “carry” is needed in today’s … Continue reading

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Heartbeat of Canada

Canada is my country. I’m proud of it. It’s huge, diverse, clean, and full of kind people. While Canadians occasionally make a mess of things, they tend eventually to try to fix things up. I have that feeling about use … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!… Or Maybe Not If You’re M$

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

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Freedom Reaches Retail Shelves On Friday

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

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GNU/Linux Takes a Bite Out Of That Other OS in Uruguay – 2014

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

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When And Why A GNU/Linux Distro Dies

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

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More, Happening Faster

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

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Trend-Setting Countries For GNU/Linux On The Desktop

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

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It’s Official. SCOTUS Considers Small Cheap Computers As Computers

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

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The Canadian Blip

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

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Approaching 1/N

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

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Venezuela Rebuilds The Desktop Amid The Chaos

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%.

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