GNU/Linux in China

Last year, I sent spies to China who took days off to go shopping and snapping pictures but forgot/neglected to gather intelligence on GNU/Linux in Chinese retail spaces.

No matter, I found a post on Google+ about an ASUS Meego-powered notebook in a grocery-store of all places. I take that as a clue that Chinese grocery-stores are extremely diverse or that GNU/Linux is everywhere in China. Either is a good thing.

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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21 Responses to GNU/Linux in China

  1. oiaohm says:

    Please note Bluestacks is not just for the Asus tablets its for the Asus netbooks, Notebooks and Desktops.

    ASUS is not going to be making anything that cannot run Android application out box.

    The little loss of tablet space is does not compare to Android ABI becoming universal across everything ASUS makes.

    Question is how many other makers will follow.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Phenom did you not read mine.

    ASUS does not think Windows 8 will sell by itself. All Windows 8 is coming with bluestacks that is Android 4.0 just running inside windows.

    Gets worse Bluestacks is not free. ASUS is paying to have it. Yes ASUS thinks Windows 8 is that weak they have to pay to have Android support.

  3. Phenom says:

    “Even M$ seems to lack confidence as they cripple the product to prevent competition with “7″.”

    I’ve been reading same notions about XP (crippled compared with 2000), Vista (crippled compared with XP) and 7 (a SP of Vista). Finally, all agree that every step is an improvement over the previous one, and they all live happily ever after.

    Btw, while feedback on 8 on desktop is mixed, feedback on 8 on tablets is exceptionally positive.

  4. Phenom wrote, “What matters is that Asus and other manufacturers think 8 very important and focus all their current innovations on it.”

    In your dreams, Phenom. It looks to me like OEMs are hedging their bets and “8” will be on trial. Another Vista-like flop will be the end of Wintel in short order. I doubt any OEM is planning to max out production for “8”. Even M$ seems to lack confidence as they cripple the product to prevent competition with “7”.

  5. Phenom says:

    Pogson wrote: “8″ is imminent and ASUS wants to catch the wave, if any, but they have a steady stream of Abdroid/Linux devices coming out.

    What matters is that Asus and other manufacturers think 8 very important and focus all their current innovations on it. Android is left out of the spotlights.

    “After all they will do best if they supply what consumers want.”
    Exactly, Pog! That is why OEMs supply laptops and PCs with Windows.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Phenom
    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/04/asus-enlists-bluestacks-to-run-android-apps-on-windows-pcs/

    Read ASUS is not making any Windows 8 only tablets.

    You will either get a ASUS android tablet or a Windows 8 tablet with Android runtime.

    This is different to the Linux Netbooks. Hardware makers with Android can choose both. So breaking the need to make application using MS ABI.

    This time around is different to the Linux Netbooks. MS might not win this one. Android is Embance Extend Extinguish.

    There is a problem as well is lot of Android makers are looking to Ubuntu and other Linux Distributions to integrate into there Android devices.

    So Android will be the common ABI between most tablet devices.

    I expect MS to get more desperate to push .Net onto other platforms.

  7. Phenom wrote, ““…Asus’s new tablet/laptop hybrids are Windows 8-only”
    (Emphasis mine)

    In other words, in future Asus is making its bet on Windows 8. Since W8 is not ready yet, Asus have no other choice but Android. Their forthcoming tablets, however, seem to be solely Windows 8.”

    AAAA (Phenom: see all future production will be A!) BBBBB…

    Past or present performance is no basis for Phenom’s blanket assumption. Of course “8” is imminent and ASUS wants to catch the wave, if any, but they have a steady stream of Abdroid/Linux devices coming out. After all they will do best if they supply what consumers want. ASUS is not planning to devote all production to M$.

    ASUS plans to double production of eeePads in Q2, before “8” becomes available, so, clearly they are not abandoning Android.

  8. Phenom says:

    Please fix your spam filter. It is definitely NOT working.

  9. Phenom says:

    Pogson, for a teacher I expected somewhat better deduction skills from you.

    Quote from the article, which you seem to have read:
    “…Asus’s new tablet/laptop hybrids are Windows 8-only”
    (Emphasis mine)

    In other words, in future Asus is making its bet on Windows 8. Since W8 is not ready yet, Asus have no other choice but Android. Their forthcoming tablets, however, seem to be solely Windows 8.

    What’s more interesting is that other manufacturers like Acer and Toshiba are also in a hurry to demonstrate Windows 8 tablets.

    You may beat around the bush all day long, Pog. W8 is becoming the primary event at Computex, and Android is losing its shine.

  10. Phenom wrote, “No tablets with Android by Asus, Pog.”

    Hmmm. Lots of Tablets with Android by ASUS.

  11. Phenom says:

    desktop PC”
    (Emphasis mine)

    No tablets with Android by Asus, Pog. Remeber your prediction that Android will give iPad a run for its money? Well, manufacturers are making their bets on Windows 8 instead.

  12. Ditch? Nope.

    “Asus’s new tablet/laptop hybrids are Windows 8-only, Asus will continue supporting Android with an 18.4-inch desktop PC that dual boots both Windows 8 and Google’s mobile OS, according to Engadget.”

  13. Phenom says:

    And it is only getting sadder for Android:

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/asus-ditches-android-for-windows-8-in-new-transformer-laptoptablet/

    Pog, I guess it is time for you to draw a new prediction.

  14. Greg Batmarx says:

    The windows trolls are hilarious!

    Stay with your closed ugly OS that you are not allowed to own or share no matter the amount of money you spend and leave us in peace!
    We detest windows here and we have all the reasons to do so…

    Robert keep up the good work!
    Linux is evolving every day that passes and it is by far the most capable and functional OS and the only you can own and share!

  15. Clarence Moon says:

    he needs to learn how

    It was your link, Mr. Pogson. Perhaps I was being naive in clicking it.

  16. Phenom says:

    Next to Asus, Acer follow:
    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/03/acer-iconia-w700-w510-windows-8/

    While you’re dreaming for ARM devices with Android, manufacturers produce x86 and ARM devices with Windows 8.

  17. Clarence Moon, having been blocked by ASUS, wrote, “You are not authorized to access this page.”

    Sad:

    So, I guess he needs to learn how to use Google’s search engine.

  18. Clarence Moon says:

    You are not authorized to access this page.

    The page for the Meego asus, that is.

    The ASUS ultrabook with Win 8 seems to be getting raves.

  19. Phenom says:

    Poor man’s bread and butter, Pogson. The world actually goes to: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5897/new-asus-transformer-book-ultrabook-meets-tablet

    And if you look deeper, you will see both ARM-based and x86-based “8” tablets. x86 ones, however, seem to have the focus so far.

  20. Viktor wrote, “1. MeeGo is dead.
    2. Photo of a phased-out notebook with dead Linux-based OS”

    MeeGo is not dead, just renamed/repurposed.
    ” in the new project, a lot of things will be the same as they were in the MeeGo project. The Tizen project will reside within the Linux Foundation, will be governed by a Technical Steering Group, and will be developed openly with familiar and improved infrastructure. Much like MeeGo, the Tizen project will support multiple device categories, including Tablets, Netbooks, Handsets, Smart TV, and In-Vehicle Infotainment systems.”

    MeeGo just had some updates.

    Jim Zemlin: ” There has been a lot of great work done in the Meego project, and we are pleased to see that code carried over to Tizen.”

    The gadget seems to be this one (Meego Edition
    Eee PC X101) which was shipped last fall, not exactly obsolete stuff. The manual offers the source code and support for three years.

  21. Viktor says:

    Let’s see:

    1. MeeGo is dead.
    2. Photo of a phased-out notebook with dead Linux-based OS in a Chinese super market because nobody wants to sell it in an electronics store.

    Yes, all signs point to world domination. And to psychosis.

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