Monthly Archives: January 2014

IT Without Monopoly – It Works

“The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million … Continue reading

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Samsung Stepping Off The Wintel Treadmill

“Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015” Samsung can … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Mandriva, The Distro-Zombie That Refused To Die

Mandrake, one of the previous incarnations of Mandriva, was my second distro.“2013 was a year of rebuilding and saw the beginning of growth for the company. On the business level, Mandriva has been gaining several new customers, which hadn’t happened … Continue reading

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Lenovo And IBM Go Another Round

In a manner similar to the sale of the PC business, IBM has agreed to sell the x86 server business to Lenovo. One detail that I think is important is that “Approximately 7,500 IBM employees around the world, including those … Continue reading

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Wintel Fragments

“Revenue in Devices & Consumer, which includes everything from consumer Windows licenses to Surface, Xbox and Bing, grew 13 percent to $11.91 billion.Though Windows revenue from manufacturers declined 3 percent, revenue from Surface — Microsoft launched the second generation of … Continue reading

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Small Cheap Computers Eat Legacy PCs For Lunch Any Way You Measure It

“Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2013, increasing their combined semiconductor demand by 17 per cent, according to Gartner, Inc. Samsung Electronics and Apple together consumed $53.7 billion of semiconductors in 2013, an increase of $7.7 … Continue reading

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Ede Leads In FLOSS

“The city of Ede, the Netherlands, currently has an annual total ICT budget of six million euros. According to the Dutch Berenschot benchmark for municipal ICT costs, that is 24 percent less than other municipalities of comparable size are spending. … Continue reading

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APEC Legacy PC Market Shrinks by 10% in 2013

“IDC’s preliminary results show that the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined 10% in full year 2013 to reach 108 million units.”So much for an expectation of good news tomorrow in M$’s quarterly report… Asia is the biggest growth centre … Continue reading

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FLOSS Works – Flexibility, Performance and Price in IT

You just can’t beat FLOSS for flexibility, performance and price. FLOSS licences allow users to run, examine, modify and distribute the code. What else could you do with it? Nothing. It just works for users. Because their are no secrets … Continue reading

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To Systemd Or Not To Systemd. That Is The Question

I’ve been reading of the struggle between Red Hat and Canonical over changing the nature of the GNU/Linux operating system. Until now, we’ve mostly done things in a manner similar to UNIX System V init processes. It works. It’s been … Continue reading

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Mysterious Disappearance Of PearOS

A distro with GUI resembling MacOS and known for distribution of multimedia codecs has suspended downloads. That could violated GPL licensing unless the new owners appear promptly.“Its future is now in hands of a company who wants to remain anonymous … Continue reading

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