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.