GNU/LInux Sold Retail in Brazil

In Canada, where I live Walmart does not have a single GNU/Linux system for sale the last time I looked. In Brazil, the situation is quite different. The translation by Google shows

They don’t seem to have alphabetical order in mind but they certainly do give space to GNU/Linux. So much for the FUD that GNU/Linux is somehow not ready for consumers. Look at all computers sorted by “Best Sellers”:

Last time I visited Walmart, I didn’t see a bunch of computer geeks. I saw ordinary folks, families, all ages and abilities all shopping for what they needed at a price they could afford. So much for the FUD that GNU/Linux is only for geeks and doesn’t work for consumers. To make the second spot for best sellers, GNU/Linux must be more than that. QED

A footnote… Of the 14 models of Positivo brand PCs sold by Walmart and made in Brazil, only one with that other OS shows and it is 7th in popularity.

Positivo is the tenth largest OEM in the world and largest in Latin America. Positivo was the top OEM in Brazil for 7 years and is now also top in Argentina. If one OEM can thrive shipping GNU/Linux many more can and will soon if they want to compete.

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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5 Responses to GNU/LInux Sold Retail in Brazil

  1. Renan Birck says:

    (I am Brazilian)

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but please do note that the Linux distros that come with those computers are often pieces of junk.

    Most of the times, they are just poorly-maintained Ubuntu/Debian remasters, or other contraptions which break at the first update.

    Also, I am yet to see someone stick with those Linux distros: most of the times they’re replaced by a pirated copy of Windows. The “no Windows” flag just means “look, I can save $50 on this computer if I install my own OS”.

    “I would expect illegal copies of that other OS would be more scarce than average.”

    I would take a shot at this being around 50%. Most computers sold here are laptops, which come with OEM Windows licenses: this has helped reduce piracy.

    “So much for the FUD that GNU/Linux is only for geeks and doesn’t work for consumers.”

    It doesn’t work, in fact: most non-geek people replace it by Windows.

  2. kozmcrae says:

    What would be the infection rate of Windows in Brazil?

    About 97%.

  3. In a country where GNU/Linux is widely available at retail and the government is promoting GNU/Linux and GNU/Linux is all over the schools, I would expect illegal copies of that other OS would be more scarce than average. M$ has stated the average rate is about 15% so that should be a safe answer.

    China would be an exception. M$ states that 90% of that other OS was not legally copied there. Part of the reason for that is that M$ and the government drove a huge illegal operation out of business but millions of illegal XP CDs remain and are still being copied. Apparently there are enough computer geeks who install an OS in China to keep XP going there indefinitely. That is why IE6 is still prevalent in China. It may take the death of old PCs to eliminate XP in China.

  4. anon says:

    About 97%.

  5. Phenom says:

    What would be the pirate rate of Windows in Brazil?

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