$Freeing IT

Finally, the world is seeing price/performance competition in client OS. It’s been a long time coming…
“Microsoft’s OS license fees will fall to $10 to $30 for each device down from $40 today. Those concessions, however, are just the beginning.”

Obviously, small cheap computers running */Linux forced this. At the same time that Wintel is feeling the pinch, the world of ordinary users, businesses and governments are all appreciating that FLOSS, GNU/Linux and Android/Linux have saved them from monopoly. The fallout will be enormous in 2014 and beyond. The world saving $billions annually forever is a huge pile of cash saved. Is it enough to save the planet or to feed the hungry? No, but there are other benefits too: better utilization of hardware, no arbitrary restrictions bundled in the EULA, more flexibility, closing of the Digital Divide, freedom from lock-in, and just plain freedom. This means more profits from IT suppliers all over the planet instead of M$ and “partners”. This means Intel will have to compete on price/performance too. This means huge savings in energy and waste everywhere. Even if M$ makes its price $0 or pays people to use their OS, they never again will have ~90% market share.

So, all in all, this is a good thing and will make the world a better place. The idea, that M$’s stuff was the standard technology of the world and essential, will finally die. That lie that crippled the world for decades will do so no longer and the world of IT will run and jump higher and farther faster. It’s all good.

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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5 Responses to $Freeing IT

  1. Deadlock wrote, “The source for Softpedia is ubuntu.com so hardly the best place to start for impartiality.”

    whois: “Admin Name: GHEORGHE BOGDAN
    Admin Organization: SC SOFTNEWS NET SRL
    Admin Street: ALEEA SURAIA NR 4
    Admin City: BUCURESTI”

    Further, the source of the information is gov.uk.

    Lose 7 certainly has an update problem, the user has to update every application not from M$ individually, something that is much less a problem with GNU/Linux. “apt-get update;apt-get upgrade” is an absolutely wonderful advantage that GNU/Linux has over that other OS. Systems can be updated when convenient, and a complete job done. It simply is more work to update that other OS and M$ likes it that way so they can sell “management tools”…

  2. lpbbear says:

    troll with new name says: “Without these failings, Windows 8 and Mac OSX would also equal Ubuntu.”

    And slowly the same old trolls drift back in with new names….but with the same old redirection and off topic spam.

  3. Deadlock says:


    The source for Softpedia is ubuntu.com so hardly the best place to start for impartiality.

    On Ubuntu’s page, Mac OSX, Windows 7 and Windows 8 “fail” compared to Ubuntu on one category – “Device Update Policy”

    From the actual report, the failing in “Device Update Policy” in Windows is that there is no way to force *Windows 8* store applications to update. A drawback that does not affect Windows 7 at all (The govt report makes no mention of issues with Windows 7 in their summary of this section) but Win7 and Win8 are lumped in together. No notice is drawn to 7 and 8’s different results by Canonical, and yet Windows 7 actually *equals* Ubuntu.

    As for MacOSX, the failing is of a similar type, there is no built-in mechanism to remotely force updating of applications or the OS.

    Without these failings, Windows 8 and Mac OSX would also equal Ubuntu.

    But some kudos to Canonical – they just have to get their VPNs verified to Foundation standard (as both Windows and Mac OSX do) and wait for upstream to sort out SecureBoot support.

  4. Mats Hagglund wrote, “Another study and another nail in Microsoft’s coffin.”

    It’s particularly telling that this was a UK governmental study. A lot of governments are studying their options now that the NSA cat is out of the bag. On the one hand, several governments colluded with NSA against their own people. On the other, Canonical is based in UK… Wintel is no longer the only solution on the radar, the default solution. Every new system and every replacement will be comparing GNU/Linux against that other OS.

  5. Mats Hagglund says:

    Another study and another nail in Microsoft’s coffin. Security of Window 8 debunked. And Mac is hardly better than W8.

    Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) is the operating system that passed most of the tests, way ahead of Windows 8 or Mac OS X.

    “All in all Ubuntu 12.04 LTS stacks up as the most secure of the current desktop and mobile operating systems. Supported by Canonical with free security updates for 5 years, and without malware problems, it’s hard to beat in official public sector applications. “


    (And Linux community has never claimed Ubuntu being most secure Linux distribution, likely the opposite)

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