Monthly Archives: June 2013

Microsoft’s Goons Trigger Lawsuits

Around the world, M$ has turned to desperate measures to pump up revenue, goon squads are going around extorting money from users of their OS. “One of the largest insurance companies in Guatemala has sued Microsoft over an unwarranted and … Continue reading

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Stats-Quake!

You know those graphs of Earth’s motion recorded by scientists to find location and strength of earthquakes? Here’s one for market-share of operating systems. I obtained it by adding up StatCounter’s page-view shares for M$’s Windows. For a month there … Continue reading

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Italy’s South Tyrol Moves To LibreOffice

“The acquisition of proprietary software licences for office automation, for every work station in the public administration, is difficult to justify in light of the availability of the free software solution LibreOffice, which is capable of meeting the needs of … Continue reading

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Plumbing

I went shopping yesterday for a few items. One was parts for a water-manifold for the garden. I need several hoses running from time to time and the old manifold just died. It didn’t last long so I will do … Continue reading

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Uruguay Fights For GNU/Linux

One picture saves a thousand words, so I’m almost done. Uruguay is a small country, only 3 million people. That explains the fluctuations on the graph but the trend and substance is clear. According to Statcounter Uruguayans are using GNU/Linux … Continue reading

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Linux-3.9.7

I don’t need to have the latest and greatest from the bleeding edge of FLOSS but I do like the polish being put on the Linux kernel… Today I have available Linux-3.9.7 which has some bugfixes for RAID, which I … Continue reading

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No Traction For Windows On Arm

Despite $billions invested in development, M$ has lost what little grip it had on the ARMed personal computer market. They are going nowhere fast on small cheap computers and have only their own stuff in the channel: “Microsoft’s Windows RT … Continue reading

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Slandering Debian GNU/Linux

One thing the growing prominence of GNU/Linux has triggered is more slander from the powers that be. Like a true paid evangelist of M$, Jack Germain wrote, “Debian may be a granddaddy in the Linux world, but the latest version … Continue reading

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Shipments of GNU/Linux PCs in India

If we suppose for a moment that Statcounter’s data, above, represents share of installed base of PCs, you can see a steady growth of share at the same time that India as an emerging economy is ramping up numbers of … Continue reading

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Ford: “Let me charge what I want for the parts…” Applies to Smartphones

Henry Ford is supposed to have claimed he would give away cars for $0 if he could charge what he wanted for parts. Well, the smartphone is the new car.“Taiwan-based handset component makers indicated that they have received increasing orders … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Success of GNU/Linux

Brian Proffitt: “by any reasonable measure, Linux on the desktop has yet to capture a significant market share of the desktop and portable PC platform.” see Reality Check: Defining The True Success of Linux. That’s nonsense. This is my comment … Continue reading

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Google Pumps The Retail Channel For Chromebooks

“June 18, 2013, 3:07 AM — Google’s Chromebook laptop will be carried by over 6,600 stores around the world, as the company signs on more retailers. Starting Monday, Walmart is offering an Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State … Continue reading

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