Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wintel, Not Quite Dead

Despite the explosive growth of small cheap computers not running Wintel, IDC predicts the hardware under Wintel will struggle on for years to come. “Going forward, IDC expects that tablet shipments will surpass desktop PCs in 2013 and portable PCs … Continue reading

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Anti-competition Complaint Against M$ Over “Secure Boot”

Perhaps better late than never, a GNU/Linux organization has laid a complaint against M$ for “secure boot” which does little for security but a lot to stifle competition. “A Spanish association representing open-source software users has filed a complaint against … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Continues to Grow in Venezuela

The huge rate of growth of GNU/Linux noticed for February is continuing in March. The increase from February to March was almost 1%, a growth rate of 11% per month. It’s taking share from that other OS and even with … Continue reading

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Lightworks For GNU/Linux: 2013-04-30

Finally, there is a date certain about the release of Lightworks for GNU/Linux. Too bad we have to wait another month just to straighten out the licensing for what may well be the best/least expensive professional video editor for GNU/Linux. … Continue reading

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Linux Pre-installed on Laptops in Chinese Supermarket

Found on YouTube, proof that GNU/Linux is sold on retail shelves in China. Enjoy. Too bad it’s a bit fuzzy and shaky. The scene clearly shows a normal retail environment except it’s not locked in to Wintel. There is hope … Continue reading

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Even Intel Profits By Slipping The Bonds of Wintel

“In the company’s annual IT report released earlier this month, CIO Kim Stevenson credited the BYOD program with saving each employee about 57 minutes per workday.” see Efficiency on the rise as BYOD expands at Intel The idea that a … Continue reading

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Two German States Prefer FLOSS

There is a refreshing breeze bringing openness and Free Software to German governments. I wish my own Canadian governments were closer to this position. “In Lower Saxony the Social Democratic Party and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, in February write in their … Continue reading

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M$ Hacks The Web, Again

Not content to mess with IT all over the world wide web, M$ has changed its user-agent string from its browser to mess up every web-site that sends different stuff to M$’s web browser… “Microsoft have replaced the "MSIE" string, … Continue reading

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M$ Is The Cancer

When Samsung packaged a solar-powered classroom for Africa’s remote communities, it shipped a GNU/Linux solution but M$ intervened… “However, this solution with little education relevance (all 20 student laptops as well as the teacher one) was a complete Linex solution … Continue reading

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Small Cheap Legacy PCs Eat Big Expensive Legacy PCs’ Lunch

According to IDC, “The volume of thin client shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in 2012 increased by 9.2% year on year to more than 1.7 million units, according to results published by market research and advisory … Continue reading

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Money Wasted

I came upon disclosures of contracts over $10K on the government of Canada’s website and found these sad entries: Canada Revenue Agency 2010-06-01 to 2013-05-31, $50,084,947.14 Environment Canada 2008-04-01 to 2012-03-31, $8,986,204.42 National Defence 22-5-2009, $895,282.00 There were a few … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux in Venezuela

GNU/Linux share according to Statcounter has been hovering around a few percent for a long time but in 2012 it took off with 40% increase in share in one year. It’s probably too soon to be some effect of the … Continue reading

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