GNU/Linux is a Winner

Jack Wallen thinks the decision of the US Navy to switch their drones to GNU/Linux from that other OS because of a virus will play out like this:

  • DOD begins Linux roll out
  • US Government begins wide-spread roll out
  • Civilian security companies world-wide begin roll out
  • Universities fall in line
  • Consumers begin clamoring for better security on their OS

I think the situation is a bit more complex than that. Clearly weapons/intelligence collection devices require top security but it is far from clear that consumers will ever think that way. They fall for the salesmen’s lies…

Some of what Jack Wallen predicts will happen but the route to the consumers for GNU/Linux will happen on retail shelves because M$’s “partners” finally see that M$ is a burden rather than a benefit. They had a clue with Vista when there was so much grief for consumers (and thus retailers and OEMs) and soon, again, they will have grief with “8”: new /foreign user-interface, radically different hardware, and new crippling of personal computers to try to prop up the monopoly.

That’s already happening with OEMs squirming over the usurious price M$ is demanding for “8”.

I think Dell opening 1000 retail outlets to Ubuntu GNU/Linux in China and India is a bigger opportunity for GNU/Linux than a few drones in the US Navy. Canonical lists Toshiba, Acer, Dell and HP as its “partners”. That’s a big part of Canonical’s goal to be on 5% of shipping PCs soon. That trumps the US Navy, in peacetime anyway.

see Linux grabs its single biggest win | TechRepublic.

see also this storefront in Delhi… That will get consumers’ attention long before security does.

see also this one

There’s more than a press-release behind the Canonical/Dell announcement.

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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11 Responses to GNU/Linux is a Winner

  1. Clarence Moon says:

    Maybe it’s not losing…

    Of course not, Mr. Pogson, it would have to be in the game to be losing. Linux is not playing at all. As to why people are willing to argue, I might say that very few bother with it as it is. Consider that there are nearly, if not more, 100 times as many Windows users as there are Linux users. Around here, the Windows backers roughly equal the Linux backers in numbers, so, all else being equal, Linux only gets 1% of the attention from Windows fans as Windows gets from Linux fans.

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Robert Pogson wrote:

    “One would think a tired old man like me would be no threat at all.”

    The reality, of course, is that you are no threat. But they believe you are. In spite of that they must choose their battles here on your blog. There is simply too much good news regarding FLOSS to attack each one.

  3. ML2MST wrote, “Funny how the M$ Propagandist are all over the place again, spreading their bile and misinformation.

    Who the hell those lying cretins think they are fooling?”

    Yes, it’s amazing that a loser OS like GNU/Linux (sarcasm) gets so much attention. One would think a tired old man like me would be no threat at all. One would think that they’s just let GNU/Linux die in ignominy… Maybe it’s not losing…

  4. ML2MST says:

    Thanks for the interesting (as usual) article Robert!

    Funny how the M$ Propagandist are all over the place again, spreading their bile and misinformation.

    Who the hell those lying cretins think they are fooling?

    I’ve been using GNU/Linux for over 12 years now and it kicks the Sh*t out of that – always in Alpha state – overpriced and user hostile (in comparison to desktop GNU/Linux) piece of junk called M$ Windoze.

    Makes anyone with a IQ > 100 laugh their ass of 😀

  5. It’s useful to note here that the U.S government has an official Linux distribution of its own, put out by the Department of Defense,no less. It’s used because a “live” Linux is immune to the malware that may be infecting the OS on the underlying hardware.
    http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm

    If it’s good enough for the DoD…

  6. oiaohm says:

    http://www.openpilot.org/

    Viktor watch you jokes. There is drone control software for Ubuntu. There is no particular reason why the USA Navy could not use one of the many existing open source frameworks used in commercial drone control to control theirs with a few minor alterations.

  7. Viktor says:

    There will be some people, who, once they realize they can have basically the same operating system as a Navy Drone, will want to install it immediately.

    Which they can’t. Or do you think the Navy will offer a download on their website? I guess people will be very disappointed after having installed Ubuntu, not being able to find this damned drone control program.

  8. Clarence Moon says:

    Wait until they find out that there is no driver available for the nose camera and they have to work with Stallman to get one! lol

  9. Ray says:

    Same thing for the other say 😉 :

    -Consumers are using Windows
    -University adopt it because the students only have Windows
    -Civilian Security Company rolls out Windows support, because the employees being trained only knows Windows
    -US Government forced to use it since people only know how to use Windows
    -DOD, being part of the US goverment, uses it

  10. dougman says:

    “There will be some people, who, once they realize they can have basically the same operating system as a Navy Drone, will want to install it immediately.”

    Thanks, that made me think of a nice ad to run on my website and such.

    D.

  11. kozmcrae says:

    Robert Pogson wrote:

    “I think Dell opening 1000 retail outlets to Ubuntu GNU/Linux in China and India is a bigger opportunity for GNU/Linux than a few drones in the US Navy.”

    There will be some people, who, once they realize they can have basically the same operating system as a Navy Drone, will want to install it immediately.

    But you are right, it’s the retail shelves that are the primary barrier to GNU/Linux adoption by the general public.

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