I was poking around NetApplications’ data looking for countries that loved FLOSS on the desktop. On this blog we find folks from the USA seem to be rabid lovers of non-free software. Why do they come to my blog when they are happy with M$ and “partners”? Who knows? Anyway, I happened to check USA and found, to my surprise they are one of the most FLOSS-friendly countries on the planet:
Further, California is off the charts…
way ahead of Cuba and Moscow…
So, I guess I have to take with a grain of salt all those who come here to tell the world that GNU/Linux will never make it on the desktop. These hotspots (San Francisco 5.49%, March AFB 50%) for GNU/Linux are in very populous regions and have a lot of weight in the webstats.
The biggest surprise of all is that Cupertino, Apple’s home base, sits at 8% GNU/Linux. For all of 2011, California was at 9% GNU/Linux so this is a major move. How long before the rest of the world does the same?
I found the ultimate hotspot in California. Google lives in Mountain View, California. The city has 74K inhabitants and a lot of them are googlers. The score? GNU/Linux 88%, That Other OS 11% and MacOS 1%. Ahhh… That feels right.
And another: Sunnyvale, CA, with 88% GNU/Linux. This is the home of Yahoo and Lockheed …