An Experiment in Linux-land

I keep looking for new uses for GNU/Linux but searching is difficult. There are so many uses and it is hard to pick one out to discuss. For example, today, I typed in “linux” to the Google search window and chose past 24hours and order by date. Almost every minute of the day has one or more entries… Popular finds are

  • job ads
  • blogs
  • howtos
  • forum posts

The first 260 hits just gets me into the third hour.

Here are some gems:

That’s just a sample from the first 4 hours. Imagine the goodies that are in that search. This little experiment shows the ubiquity of GNU/Linux in every part of the world in any time-zone on any subject in IT.

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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3 Responses to An Experiment in Linux-land

  1. dougman says:

    The era of a desktop PC is dead. Dockable smartphones and tablets are the future, I can see Apple and Google implementing this in the VERY near future and Ubuntu Edge 15% funded in two-days time proves this.

    Regarding theft of smartphones, all it would take is a ChromeOS phone or some Android derivative tied to the cloud. If you lose it, eh no big deal, just send an email or text to brick it.

    Also, the HP 21″ AIO tablet will replace the PC market, Android and ChromeOS will be the “standard”.

  2. dougman wrote, “Why pay for CPU power, RAM, and storage when you can rent – or use for free – a server on the web?”

    That’s true for a large segment of users and uses of IT but there are still folks who create content and want to keep it close. What the eventual market share of legacy PCs will be is unknown but it will certainly be less than 50%. I would bet it will get down to 10-20%. If docks take off it would be on the low end of that range.

    The small cheap computer still have issues with physical security. Droppings and thefts change the status of many units. Either a server or a legacy PC is a kind of anchor for the mobile world. Some here believe each smartphone must have a PC but that’s nonsense. Businesses can easily have dozens of smartphones for each PC and homes may have several smart phones for one PC. With all the apps for sharing multimedia from smartphones, many can skip the legacy PC entirely.

  3. dougman says:

    Here are some more:

    Once upon a time, when you wanted to do something on a PC, you fired up an app. Now, when people want to do something, they fire up a web browser and type in a URL.

    The thing about web services is that they are platform agnostic. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, along with countless other web services, do not depend on being viewed from a Windows PC. In fact, many are being increasingly optimized for non-PC platform.

    What people want nowadays is not Windows, but a connection to the Internet.

    Why pay for CPU power, RAM, and storage when you can rent – or use for free – a server on the web?

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