Growth Of GNU/Linux In Some English-speaking Countries

From StatCounter, one can see that the installed base of GNU/Linux systems is quite varied. I suspect the maturity of IT markets and language barriers are factors. I decided to look at English-speaking countries that are well-established IT markets to see how GNU/Linux was doing in this group. Even with that it’s clear there are two groups in this sample: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA. Canada and Australia, for whatever reasons are lagging a bit.

There was a major move in 2012 or so with Google and some other big migrations and a bunch of smaller migrations. The aging of XP systems may have helped. All of the countries showed some movement upwards near the end of 2013 and into 2014. That is consistent with Christmas shopping bringing home some GNU/Linux systems or students diving in over Christmas holidays.

One facet that intrigues me is that USA, which has the most vocal trolls here and is the home of M$, has the largest share of page-views for GNU/Linux. Thanks, Google. Thanks, USA military. Thanks, schools. Thanks, all the rest of you unknown migrants.

At least the trolls have no legs to say that GNU/Linux is the “1%” OS any longer. It looks like a steady climb is inevitable. Several other countries are already there, like Cuba, Venezuela, Uruguay, and parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. M$’s shipments are declining for consumers and GNU/Linux is still growing. That helps a lot. Many components are involved. Individuals still install GNU/Linux because it’s easy and it works. Some retailers offer units for sale with GNU/Linux thanks to Linpus, Canonical, Dell, and others. Some small businesses and quite a few big businesses use GNU/Linux where it works on servers, desktops and thin clients. Quite a few governments and their departments are seeing the advantages that have long been observed on servers can work for them on clients. 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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3 Responses to Growth Of GNU/Linux In Some English-speaking Countries

  1. rudregues says:

    Robert Pogson wrote, “Thanks, USA military.”
    Your assumption is very correct. USA military uses Linux in nuclear submarines now (instead of the bad an deprecated windows).
    http://techkhabaren.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/us-navy-rejects-windows-for-linux/

    Even NASA is choosing Linux over M$ crap (Debian).

    Here in Brazil, Navy, Army and Air forces uses Linux at large scale in servers. For basic document editing and printing too. Particularly, the army uses Ubuntu in desktops and had a complete migration plan. Training, projections, timelines for adoption and when, everything carefully designed in the migration plan. Depending where you work it can be another distro (the library of my workplace uses netrunner too). The sad part is the dissemination of these information. Few people know the great widespread of GNU/Linux in military here in Brazil.

  2. Mats Hagglund wrote, “USA as an Anti-Linux country is a big myth.”

    I think you’re right. There’s lots of evidence to support the thesis that USA is one of the countries most in favour of GNU/Linux:

    • the raft of USAian contributors to much software like the Linux kernel, various mature/respected distros, and FLOSS in general,
    • USA is the home of the Linux Foundation and the Free Software Foundation,
    • USA is the home of much technology on which GNU/Linux thrives: x86/amd64, the Internet, HPC, the legacy PC…,
    • the web-stats showing huge rates of growth over long periods of time, and
    • wide use in education and government (although more needs to be done…).

    It’s just the trolls force-feeding lines from M$’s talking-points from the “technological evangelism handbook” that claim that other OS is essential to life as we know it.

  3. Mats Hagglund says:

    USA as an Anti-Linux country is a big myth. I have never really believed in it. Linux adopting is growing faster in USA than in Finland or Sweden. I would claim that Japan, South Korea and Australia are countries were Linux adopting (on pc) is very low level indeed. In eastern Europe there is lots on geeks of young generation adopting Linux/FLOSS and installing it to other computers too.

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