Brazil, Russia, India and China all have governments that support use of FLOSS for many different reasons: cost, security, local economies and building IT infrastructure. They also contain 40% of the global market for PCs and have high rates of growth.
Taiwan is currently focussed on serving this market and expectations for Taiwan’s IT industries are huge:
- Taiwan plans to ship 100 million handsets in 2011, 65% of global shipments.
- 19 million smart phones will ship in Q4 alone, 66% growth p.a.
- Taiwan plans to ship 86% of 61 million tablets shipped in 2011.
- In 2010, Taiwan’s IT sector took in $229billion for PCs and handsets, $54.9billion for displays and $52.8billion for semiconductors.
The rapid changes in the IT industry favour emergence of GNU/Linux and FLOSS along with the emerging markets. These markets are cost-conscious and much less locked-in to the USA’s way of doing IT. The world is not planning to replace PCs on three-year cycles and stay with Wintel. The world wants small cheap computers and Taiwan and China are only too glad to produce them. If they run FLOSS, so much the better margins.