Turkmenistan, Champion of Free Software

One thing I don’t like about StatCounter, besides their numbers, is that many countries list only 7 operating systems, conveniently lumping either GNU/Linux or Android/Linux in with “Other”. Turkmenistan is one that shows both…

Date Win7 WinXP iOS Android MacOSX Win8 Linux WinVista Other
2012-08 60.53 27.88 3.78 1.74 2.63 0.15 1.27 1.86 0.17
2012-09 61.13 27.36 4.15 1.8 2.34 0.32 0.74 1.61 0.55
2012-10 62.57 23.56 4.57 2.91 3.48 0.26 0.95 1.55 0.13
2012-11 62.07 23.38 4.84 3.22 3.2 0.7 1.36 0.88 0.34
2012-12 59.75 26.77 4.25 3.09 2.17 0.51 1.53 1.57 0.36
2013-01 58.16 28.08 4.65 3.08 2.1 1.26 1.28 0.76 0.64
2013-02 55.38 27.51 5.89 4.87 2.12 1.14 1.86 1.06 0.18
2013-03 61.31 21.51 4.86 4.82 3.01 1.78 1.29 1.21 0.21
2013-04 61.15 20.57 4.16 4.43 4.21 1.95 1.34 1.98 0.21
2013-05 60.82 19.6 3.94 4.49 3.61 3.33 2.13 1.83 0.25
2013-06 59.66 20.57 2.83 4.4 3.23 3.87 2.37 2.63 0.44
2013-07 59.28 20.63 3.85 6.37 2.2 3.94 1.88 1.58 0.27
2013-08 60.4 18.86 3.56 7.18 2.14 3.74 2.77 1.26 0.09

Top 7 Operating Systems in Turkmenistan from Aug 2012 to Aug 2013.

If this pattern follows in other places, “Other” is mostly GNU/Linux or Android/Linux and the share of page-views due Free Software is going well. In this case, the pair increased nearly 7% share in one year while that other OS lost 6%. The truth could be even better. Wikipedia reported that Turkmenistan gives that other OS 35% and */Linux 26.91%. Decent. It seems Turkmenis are skipping the Wintel treadmill altogether.

About Robert Pogson

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10 Responses to Turkmenistan, Champion of Free Software

  1. DrLoser says:

    LInux and Android are kicking M$ to the curb.
    OK, Dougman, I’ll buy that. The world of commerce is unpredictable at best. Android is a stomping success, and even Apple uses various bits of *nix tech.

    But, and I hesitate to insult the intelligence of somebody who has a first-class Masters degree from the University of Life, don’t you think that there are better examples to choose than one of the last surviving Stalinist dictatorships?

    I’m not really diverting anything at all. You can extrapolate tech, sales, whatever you want. You win: I don’t care.

    But for some unaccountable reason, I feel queasy when I listen to anybody quoting murderers, torturers, and general scumbags as Righteous.

    Because … They ain’t. This is not a diversion. This is an important part of believing in Freedom and Justice and The Rule of Law.

    Unless you don’t actually believe in any of that.

  2. dougman says:

    DrLoser, a known troll, still deflects away from the main point of the blog posting.

    LInux and Android are kicking M$ to the curb.

    The world is catching on, that M$, Windows and the total experience, is no longer needed to enjoy GREAT IT.

  3. DrLoser says:

    You’re welcome to publish this as always, Robert, but it’s basically intended as a personal communication.

    Have you read the PDF from Amnesty International here?

    Because I have. It’s only twelve pages long. But it ain’t pretty.

    Incidentally, the word “freedom?” It occurs forty times in this very short document, generally attached to abuses or denial of freedom.

    But then, it’s not really your sort of freedom, is it? It’s just little brown folk who don’t use computers.

    Obviously some freedoms are more important than others. Jeremy Bentham said that. John Locke said that. Thomas Jefferson said that.

    No, wait: they didn’t. Robert Pogson obviously believes that.

    Know what? You’re wrong.

  4. Bill says:


    The organization was founded on 8 December 1991 by the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine, when the leaders of the three countries met in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Natural Reserve, about 50 km (30 miles) north of Brest in Belarus and signed a Creation Agreement (Russian: Соглашение, Soglasheniye) on the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of CIS as a successor entity to the USSR.[3] At the same time they announced that the new alliance would be open to all republics of the former Soviet Union,


    In 1989, the Russian SFSR, which was then the largest constituent republic (with about half of the population) convened a newly elected Congress of People’s Deputies. Boris Yeltsin was elected its chairman. On 12 June 1990, the Congress declared Russia’s sovereignty over its territory and proceeded to pass laws that attempted to supersede some of the USSR’s laws. The period of legal uncertainty continued throughout 1991 as constituent republics slowly became de facto independent.


    A referendum on the future of the Soviet Union was held on 17 March 1991. The question put to voters was
    Do you consider necessary the preservation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a renewed federation of equal sovereign republics in which the rights and freedom of an individual of any nationality will be fully guaranteed?[1]

    Republic For Against Invalid Total Registered Turnout

    Turkmen SSR 1,766,584 98.26 31,203 1.74 6,531 1,804,310 1,846,310 97.66
    the aftermath of Perestroika is rather quite complicated. But factor everything in, and any declaration of independence after the Russian declaration on independence (which de facto dissolves the USSR) is meaningless, and any such declaration taking place after the referendum to form the CIS is redundant.

    The CIS is also a complicated beast, although all member states are independent (on paper), many of the old SSRs remain either satellite states or economically almost entirely dependent on Russia. Sovereignty is superficial, little has changed.

    Geopolitics, do you speak it?

  5. dougman says:

    Trolls love to deflect from the message, Android and Linux are growing. 🙂

  6. Bill wrote, “Turkmenistan never declared independence from the Soviet Union”.

    Wikipedia wrote, ” in 1990 the Supreme Soviet of Turkmenistan declared sovereignty as a nationalist response to perceived exploitation by Moscow. Although Turkmenistan was ill-prepared for independence and communist leader Saparmurad Niyazov preferred to preserve the Soviet Union, in October 1991 the fragmentation of that entity forced him to call a national referendum that approved independence.”

    They have an article about the results: “An independence referendum was held in Turkmenistan on 26 October 1991. Voters were asked two questions:
    Do you agree with the legislative establishment of Turkmenistan as an independent democratic state?
    Do you support the statement of the President and Supreme Soviet of the Turkmenistan Soviet Socialist Republic “On the domestic and foreign policy of Turkmenistan” and the practical activity to implement it?
    Both were approved by over 93% of voters. Voter turnout was 97.4%.”

    So, while the details may be debatable, T did insult USSR and get away with it. Good for them.

  7. Bill says:

    Turkmenistan never declared independence from the Soviet Union (nor from the Russian Empire of which it was a vassal state prior, and it remains a CIS member and Russian satellite state).

    in 1991, The Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic voted 98% in favour of preserving the Soviet Union in the 1991 referendum (~78% in favour overall, with the three founding member states of the CIS registering the lowest ‘in favour’ percentages, incidentally)..

    What happened was that a year prior, The Russian SSR had declared itself independent over its own territory (what is today the Russian Federation). As a result of the referendum of 1991, the Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian SSRs signed the Creation Agreement which dissolved the USSR and formed the CIS (Commonwealth of independent States, of which all former SSRs continue to be members) in its place. With no more USSR, all the SSRs became independent.

    – Someone who does not warp history to suit his own ends, and happens to be a former Soviet.

    Да здравствует мать Россия!

  8. oiaohm says:

    Alone this might not mean much. But its a trends. Of conversions is growning.

  9. DrLoser wrote, “Turkmenistan?”

    Turkmenistan is a young country of 5 million souls that declared independence from Russia in 1991. It took guts to do that. It seems their IT is declaring independence from M$ and “partners”. Good for them.

  10. DrLoser says:

    You really are a nauseating worthless tit who doesn’t care about anybody outside your own immediate family — up to including torture and judicial murder — just so long as you can draw some delusionary “Freedom curve,” do you?

    For God’s sake, man. This is hopelessly disgusting. Talk to your Pastor or somebody.

    [RP: This was caught by the filters but it was so amusing, I let it through… Chuckle.]

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