2013: Software Freedom Blossoms

Spring is in the air. Trees all around are full of flowers: apricot, lilac, apple… all preparing to give forth sweet, nutritious fruit. The same is happening with GNU/Linux. According to StatCounter, GNU/Linux has seen 100% per annum growth worldwide since Christmas:
GNU-Linux_Growth_in_2013

No doubt this is Canonical’s project to rapidly increase share by collaborating with the world’s OEMs. It’s working. Obviously, if they build it, some retailers will put Ubuntu GNU/Linux on retail shelves…

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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8 Responses to 2013: Software Freedom Blossoms

  1. bw says:

    There is something going on here that didn’t used to be. When I change pages, it takes an annoyingly long time for the page to be scrollable. It seems to have something to do with the video for the Google+ add. Once that renders, the page is scrollable, but not until then. Sometimes it freezes for 5 seconds or more. It is the site, I think, since I don’t see that on other sites with the same connection being used.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Maou Sadao the theme Robert is using is not one of the Community themes or based off one of the Community themes I can see.
    http://wordpress.org/themes/

    –Your site is a mess of errors and the community must come through for you–

    I would not say this. Not using the community when its available creates issues.
    A PHP programmer is not a User Interface Designer.

  3. Maou Sadao says:

    By the way, the comma between “Closing” and “all the windows” wasn’t there before. I’d think it best for you to set up a public bug tracker. Your site is a mess of errors and the community must come through for you.

  4. Maou Sadao says:

    This site pretty much looks like Windows 8 now. Is that an underhanded compliment, Mr. Pogson?

  5. Quibbly says:

    Good God, Mr Pogson, your latest response has totally trashed the history It stops at Maou Sadao’s snarky comment.

    Can we please have the old WordPress theme back? Far be it from me to point out that, although your child genius is a star, he has managed to cripple your site. I presume you have a backup.

    Just because the PHP Kid “knows” what he’s doing, it doesn’t mean you have to listen to the worthless litlle prat.

    Let me guess. He offered his “services” for free, didn’t he? And that’s what sold you on this abortion.

    Sadly, Mr Pogson, you get what you pay for.

  6. Quibbly wrote, “Do you actually like Canonical?”

    I like Canonical as a company in that they actually pay salesmen to propagate GNU/Linux on the desktop with OEMs and retailers. I don’t like the way they develop software. It’s technically FLOSS but they sure don’t get along very well with the community they expect to contribute and to whom they should share. Pet peeves are the X > Wayland > Mir and GNOME 2 > Unity stuff. While there’s nothing wrong with kicking around new ideas that might make the world of IT a better place, the leading distro should respect that existing users may well be ticked off. It’s a bit like M$ and “8”.

    I think Canonical would be in a better position with existing users and developers if they contributed to existing projects and went for gradual change rather than revolution. They do not have a lock on wisdom. For instance, I like to search for data, not applications. What’s with confusing the two? Speed-dialing was invented for a purpose. It works. Canonical seems to want to be the “telephone operator” of previous generations setting back the state of the desktop by quite a ways.

  7. Quibbly says:

    One small quibble.
    Do you actually like Canonical?
    If so, why?

  8. Maou Sadao says:

    Spring, summer, autumn, winter — be assured that Linux sucks always. That’s our promise to you!

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