China, The Most Linux-friendly Country on Earth

China is a magical place. It is huge in population and area. As a result of history it is only recently catching up to global technology trends but doing so very rapidly. Today, much of the world’s technology is manufactured there and local markets for these products are exploding.

As a barometer of growth of GNU/Linux in emerging markets, China is a leading indicator. They consume the vast quantities of IT that they produce. GNU/Linux is popular globally but only India, Indonesia and Europe come anywhere close to the popularity of GNU/Linux in China.

Using that other OS as a benchmark:

TOS error+/- Ubuntu GNU/Linux error+/- Android/Linux error+/- Linux error+/-
1.00 0% 0.26 2% 0.42 1% 0.61 1%

Looking at the diversity of products produced in China with GNU/Linux, one can find literally hundreds of small, medium and large manufacturers and many thousands of products.

It is amazing to see markets less locked into monopoly than in Canada (for example):

TOS error+/- Ubuntu GNU/Linux error+/- Android/Linux error+/- Linux error+/-
1.00 0% 0.10 3% 0.12 3% 0.12 3%

Judging by this I expect many more years of growth and a good share for GNU/Linux on computers of all kinds in China. I expect that the wide availability of GNU/Linux pre-installed in China will eventually reach the rest of the world. Certainly the BRIC countries will go that way and I don’t see any downturn in popularity of GNU/Linux in other parts of the world. It’s growing everywhere.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to China, The Most Linux-friendly Country on Earth

  1. Adrian Malacoda says:

    So the Chinese have software freedom… maybe one day they’ll have human rights too

  2. Ray says:

    censorship… 🙁

  3. What’s the problem? File format? Censorship? Blocking?

  4. Ray says:

    Still waiting to be able to watch Youtube from there. 🙁

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