A Disturbance In The FLOSS In Canada, May 2013

There was a disturbance in the FLOSS this month. See for yourself:

What do I make of this? For such large swings it can only mean some large organization was tweaking their operating systems. It looks to me that a bunch of GNU/Linux and “8” systems were acquired and some “7” systems were retired or replaced with XP… The bottom line is that in one month that other OS lost a couple of percents and GNU/Linux doubled to ~2.8%. Who could it be?

see Top 7 Operating Systems in Canada from 1 to 12 May 2013

UPDATE I did another selection over a longer time-span. It appears to show a roll-out of GNU/Linux a month ago followed by another this month. Notice the heartbeat in XP and the serious decline of “7”. I think M$ is losing a big customer.

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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2 Responses to A Disturbance In The FLOSS In Canada, May 2013

  1. nmap is the one I use but it’s been around a long time.

    I just tried it on my Beast but it failed… I guess too much customization makes identification difficult. That other OS on the OEM PCs should be easy.

  2. Mats Hagglund says:

    There were some talk about new tool (software)/project which could detect operation systems of all clients (even behind same ip-address). It was – i think so – so kind of open source software development but i can’t remember the name of that project/application. I read about it some two years ago but haven’t found any further information of it since that.

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