Top 20 Countries for Use of Desktop GNU/Linux

Well, that title intrigued me but it was just another puff-piece echoing the data from StatCounter which doesn’t put Brazil, Russia, or China, countries that actively promote GNU/Linux on the desktop, in the top 20… They did show India as the 20th…

Compare these numbers showing global acceptance at around 1% with Wikipedia Stats that show 2.53%, and that’s only in the English-speaking world.

Really, StatCounter does not cover the globe in a neutral way. Give us the list of sites covered, please. We know Wikipedia is a neutral site because anyone can post articles and anyone can read them but it is biased towards English, so it will be undercounting most countries of the world. It shows MacOS at 7.73% but we know from Apple’s own numbers that it is less than 4%.

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10 Responses to Top 20 Countries for Use of Desktop GNU/Linux

  1. Loongson is widely used in China. I bought a thin client from there that uses it.

  2. Yonah says:

    Haven’t seen anyone using anything based on Loongson hardware. Another MIA technology that gets raved about on press releases.

    No one outside the ruling party of China knows what the official goals are, but I reiterate, I haven’t seen a single instance of GNU/Linux being used at a government owned facility in the capital city of Beijing. If GNU/Linux is happening in China, it’s behind the scenes where no one can see it or prove it.

  3. It’s still huge compared with the lack of support for FLOSS in some governments. The one article was from 2008, not “old”. The Loongson is currently in production and they run GNU/Linux on it, on desktops and thin clients. The official goal of China is to become self-reliant in IT and they will do that, probably within a few years. GNU/Linux is happening in China.

  4. Yonah says:

    Robert, you gave me some old news articles saying that China will do something. One was very old, written back in 2003 that quotes someone from the State Council. Another was the report of some research firm in Beijing. OK, but what did China actually do? Did they actually start using GNU/Linux en masse? Do you think that what China says it’s going to do in some press release and what it actually does is the same thing?

    It just doesn’t work that way here, Robert. Never once since I’ve been here have I seen any kind of government promotion to use Linux either in a professional setting or on the desktops of home users. Not a single one. None of my friends or colleges can recall such a promotion either. I’ve been in police stations. I’ve been to the Public Security Bureau. I’ve even had the chance to walk around an army camp. A rare opportunity unless you know the right people. Every chance i get, I peek my head around to see what’s on the computer screen. Linux is AWOL!

    All you can do, all you could ever do, is scour the web for outdated news articles that tell you what will happen, then base your current view of reality on these reports. But it isn’t happening down here on the ground. So, your idea of promotion is what is said to happen in a news article. My idea of promotion is actually seeing it firsthand. See the difference?

    Black taxis are officially illegal in Beijing, but go to just about any subway station and you’ll see them parked outside waiting to pick up customers. You might see a police car with an officer inside, smoking a cigarette or talking on his phone, but never actually doing so much as looking at the drivers. What the government says in China and what people actually DO are two separate and sometimes opposite things.

  5. The basis for that belief is …

  6. J. Hammond says:

    We know Wikipedia is a neutral site because anyone can post articles –

    Wikipedia is not neutral. Just because anyone can post there doesn’t mean that everyone does, only freetards posting propaganda.

  7. see Chinese government backs development of Linux operating system

    China developed the Loongson processor and used GNU/Linux with it.

    See China Says Yes to Linux, No to Open-Source Middleware
    “In an interview last month in Beijing, Zhongyuan Zheng, vice president of Red Flag Software Co. Ltd., based in Beijing, said: “Until now, the government has chosen Linux for their IT infrastructure. I dont think there are many cases for using open-source middleware in mission-critical areas. In mission-critical areas, commercial software has the biggest market share in China.”
    Moreover, Zheng said the Chinese government is promoting the use of desktop Linux, which his company produces.
    “Chinas government promotes and supports desktop Linux very strongly,” he said. “So they hope that … Well, as you know, piracy in China has been very significant. So the government hopes that Linux—legal software such as Linux—can replace all this piracy.””

    see Summary of “2008 Open Source China and Open Source World” Summit“May 22-23, 2008, “2008 Open Source China and Open Source World ” Summit and Round Table Conference were held by China OSS Promotion Union (COPU) in Guangzhou, China, which focusing on open source. There are more than 10 open-source community leaders, executives of IT transnational corporations, senior Chinese and foreign IT experts, open-source movement-related corporations, communities, institutions, research institutes, testing base, support agencies, representatives of mainstream users, and government officials, a total of more than 400 people world wide.

    Zhao Bo, Vice Director-General of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ( MIIT ), made the first speech. He expressed the congratulations to the open source summit event, delivered the message from government to support China and global open-source movement. He also expressed government’s full support for the fruitful work of COPU. “

    see A new policy by China’s governing body will rule that all ministries buy only locally-produced software at the next upgrade cycle.
    The move by the State Council is aimed at breaking the dominance of U.S.-based Microsoft on desktop computers, will eliminate Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Office productivity suite from hundreds of thousands of Chinese government computers in a few years’ time.

    Gao Zhigang, an official with the Procurement Center of the State Council, told reporters that the new policy will be in place by year-end.

    I hope that satisfies.

  8. Yonah says:

    China (government or people) does not actively promote GNU/Linux on the desktop. Where do you get the data to support such a claim?

  9. Not just in education but government generally, wherever FLOSS works which is most places. I think more governments should take such a position. It only makes sense to spend the taxpayers’ money wisely and to keep jobs at home.

  10. JohnMc says:

    Desktop Linux usage has nowhere to go but up. Russia has mandated that Linux be used in their K-University environment. That alone is around 10m users. But over the long haul it will impact all 140m citizens over a generation — that which you learn on is generally what you use full time.

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