GNU/Linux Thriving in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the poorest regions on Earth thanks to climate and colonialism. The dust has barely settled in their war over Eritrea. Still, they can see what has happened in the rest of the world with IT and will struggle to catch up ASAP. While they seem to have a shortage of IT, judging by the statistical variation in StatCounter’s data from one month to the next (Standard deviation goes as 1/√N), a lot of it seems to be running GNU/Linux lately. Good. That’s a good sign of progress.

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 GNU/Linux Thriving in Ethiopia

  1. DrLoser says:

    And back to history.

    I don’t want to burst your bubble, Robert, but the very last thing that caused Ethiopia’s present problems was colonialism.

    Shortly after the Berlin Conference (1885) there were only two independent African states (although I’ll give you Libya until 1911).

    Liberia was one, but clearly only quasi-independent. Ethiopia was the other.

    Always good to get your facts right. Chuckle.

  2. Matt wrote, “Just FYI Ethiopia has never been colonized.”

    Wikipedia: “The independence of Ethiopia was interrupted by the Second Italo-Abyssinian War and Italian occupation (1936–1941).[69] During this time, Haile Selassie appealed to the League of Nations in 1935, delivering an address that made him a worldwide figure, and the 1935 Time magazine Man of the Year.[70] Following the entry of Italy into World War II, British Empire forces, together with patriot Ethiopian fighters, officially liberated Ethiopia in the course of the East African Campaign in 1941. An Italian guerrilla campaign continued until 1943. This was followed by British recognition of Ethiopia’s full sovereignty, (i.e. without any special British privileges), with the signing of the Anglo-Ethiopian Agreement in December 1944.”

    That’s what my uderstanding of history contains. If it was not colonization, the Italians certainly tried hard. Why was British permission necessary at all? They must have assumed they took over an Italian colony…

    It’s neither here nor there. All of Africa was messed up by European imperialists who drew arbitrary lines on the map and caused a century of unproductive fighting. It looks, at long last, as though the African continent is about ready to thrive again. Independence from M$ would be a great thing, IMHO.

  3. Matt says:

    Thanks for this post. Just FYI Ethiopia has never been colonized.

  4. dougman says:

    “What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. ”

    http://www.dvice.com/archives/2012/10/ethiopian_kids.php

    See, this is what M$ wants to prevent, it wants people to be hooked on it’s drugs.

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