Last year I had a tiny garden which produced a few flowers and vegetables. This year I have a quite large garden, about the size of a city lot… My soil is not ideal for some vegetables but the tomatoes, beets, pumpkin and corn seem to be happy:

The corn and tomatoes are the healthiest I have had despite a dreadful cold/wet spell that seemed to last forever. Now that the heat of summer is on, they are growing like Topsy.

The world of FLOSS is showing a lot of promise, too:

  • many governments and schools are using a lot of FLOSS including GNU/Linux,
  • many OEMs are shipping PCs with GNU/Linux,
  • millions of developers are working on GNU/Linux infrastructure or applications,
  • the Wintel monopoly is all but gone, and
  • */Linux on ARM is everywhere.

The one shadow still seen in my neighbourhood is that retailers here are not selling GNU/Linux although they could. There have been a few tentative trials but most retailers here still have no significant share of GNU/Linux available. Another flub like Vista may be necessary to provide an impulse. M$ seems eager to produce a flop with “8”, like putting so many restrictions on OEMs and competing with them at the same time that OEMs may just stop shipping Wintel and force retailers to sell */Linux. OEMs are tired of taking the risks and doing the work for a sliver of the profits.

It may take a few more years, a few more governments and schools using GNU/Linux, or a complete flop by M$ but sooner or later consumers here will have a choice and know it. At the moment, they have a choice but many do not know it.

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for those who want to get off the Wintel treadmill sooner rather than later. I have been using GNU/Linux for more than a decade and love it. Debian has been quite solid for me and it has a lot of support and a great distribution channel.

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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One Response to Promise

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Dateline Manitoba:

    Robert Pogson, living in rural Manitoba, planted some strange seed pods he found next to a small crater on his property in his garden this Spring. He was last seen working in the garden. He has been missing for 3 days.


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