XP To GNU/Linux… Wheeee!

Yep. I predicted many users of XP would find GNU/Linux a more comfortable place to be. Here’s an example:
“Zaragoza is using free and open source solutions where it can, says Romero. The city began in 2005 by installing web browser Firefox, email client Thunderbird and multimedia player VLC on all PCs. In 2007 it added the OpenOffice suite of office productivity tools. This is now installed on all of the city’s 3200 PCs. The city’s workers use Gimp for manipulating images, Inkscape for creating graphics, Pdfsam for editing PDF, Brasero for creating CDs, Kdenlive for editing video and Evince for displaying PDFs. Romero: "If there is free software alternative is available, we will use it."”

via Spain's Zaragoza continues gradual switch to open source | Joinup.

They have 3200 PCs and have been using GNU/Linux on 800 of them. They have shopped for a supported distro and settled on Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

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Here are some page-view stats from StatCounter. Spain is doing well, with XP, “7” and Vista all declining and that other OS in total losing 5% share in the last year despite “8” gaining 5% share from those cluttered retail shelves. GNU/Linux gained 0.5% and Android/Linux gained 2%. That’s huge growth for FLOSS. Let’s hope it continues.

Date

“7”

XP

Vista

Mac

iOS

Win8

Linux

Android

Other

Lose

2012-07

49.2

27.58

11.69

6.26

2.49

0.14

1.84

0.39

0.41

88.61

2012-08

50.41

26.55

11.49

6.02

2.69

0.18

1.82

0.44

0.39

88.63

2012-09

50.31

26.42

11.19

6.41

2.72

0.22

1.85

0.49

0.37

88.14

2012-10

50.39

26.33

10.72

6.61

2.71

0.31

2.03

0.53

0.37

87.75

2012-11

50.46

25.69

10.5

6.65

2.83

0.83

2.07

0.61

0.36

87.48

2012-12

51.92

23.94

10.71

6.27

2.8

1.27

1.99

0.77

0.33

87.84

2013-01

51.19

23.45

10.07

6.62

3.1

1.98

2.01

1.23

0.35

86.69

2013-02

50.4

23.6

9.57

6.59

3.56

2.55

2.09

1.31

0.33

86.12

2013-03

50.3

23.23

9.24

6.53

3.75

3.11

2.17

1.34

0.33

85.88

2013-04

49.84

23.06

8.82

6.88

3.72

3.65

2.27

1.4

0.35

85.37

2013-05

49.07

23.04

8.62

7.03

3.85

4.08

2.5

1.44

0.36

84.81

2013-06

49.18

22.23

8.4

7.09

4.09

4.61

2.47

1.57

0.35

84.42

2013-07

49.11

21.74

8.08

7.06

4.33

5.22

2.25

1.84

0.37

84.15

2013-08

48.54

21.47

7.99

6.84

4.57

5.58

2.37

2.25

0.38

83.58

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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4 Responses to XP To GNU/Linux… Wheeee!

  1. dougman wrote, ” they were told by their IT idiot, that Linux is illegal.”

    That’s extreme FUD. The more usual stuff is “It’s not ready, it’s for geeks, it’s commandline…”, like we hear on this blog sometimes. FUD works. That’s why people spread it but it’s not perfect and little by little humanity is coming to know Free Software works for them and all the FUD was wrong or a lie. The eeePC, Ubuntu GNU/Linux and Android/Linux have put a lot of FLOSS in the hands of ordinary people and they just can’t be cleansed from society. TRUTH is now out there.

  2. dougman says:

    Crappy presentation, but the point is FOSS saves money.

    I use Inkscape, GIMP, Libreoffice, Virtualbox, Mediawiki to actually DO my full-time job.

    I once walked out of a meeting with a SMB, as they were told by their IT idiot, that Linux is illegal.
    I politely closed my Chromebook and stated “you are sadly misinformed” and left.

    if someone is that ‘misinformed’, I do not caste my pearls before swine. I normally find their competitors and talk them up for possible work.

  3. oiaohm wrote, “This is the problem…”

    For most people this is no problem at all. Freedom is like a breath of fresh air, not a problem.

  4. oiaohm says:

    This is the problem this migration is growing.

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