Quiet GNU/Linux Revolution in New Zealand  

There was recently a comment here to the effect that we are not hearing of huge migrations so GNU/Linux must be stagnating. The truth is that because GNU/Linux costs so little and is so flexible, major migrations are going “under the radar”. They are happening without the need to report upstream major expenditures.
“Although Linux deployments are occurring en-mass, they are often not at all emphasized. This makes gauging the true breadth of Linux growth in the region nearly impossible. But it is indeed widespread and widely used.”

see State of Linux: Substantial Growth in New Zealand.

This is what I observed in schools in Canada. Individuals fed up with holding M$’s train just installed GNU/Linux and moved on leaving “the tax”, the restrictions and phoning home all behind. This is no doubt part of the slowdown in legacy PC shipments. Older PCs are being given new life with GNU/Linux and running and running… just like the EverReady Bunny.

There’s further good news from a series of posts by the same authour, Mark Rais, senior editor reallylinux.com:

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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One Response to Quiet GNU/Linux Revolution in New Zealand  

  1. dougman says:

    This is one reason people will leave Windows. Linux is the MORE secure and MORE private OS.

    Windows 8 will, by default, inform M$ of every app downloaded and installed by every user. This puts M$ in a compromising, omniscient situation where they are capable of retaining information on the application usage of all Windows 8 users, thus posing a serious privacy concern.

    Windows 8 has a new featured called Windows SmartScreen, which is turned on by default. Windows SmartScreen’s purpose is to “screen” every single application you try to install from the Internet in order to inform you whether it’s safe to proceed with installing it or not.

    Here’s how SmartScreen works:

    You download any application from the Internet. Say, the Tor Browser Bundle.

    You open the installer. Windows SmartScreen gathers some identifying information about your application, and sends the data to M$.

    If M$ replies saying that the application is not signed with a proper certificate, the user gets an error that looks something like this.

    There are a few serious problems here. The big problem is that Windows 8 is configured to immediately tell M$ about every app you download and install.

    This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because M$ is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users.

    This situation is exacerbated when Windows 8 is deployed in countries experiencing political turmoil or repressive political situations.

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