GNU/Linux Works In India

I am tired of reading that GNU/Linux didn’t/can’t make it on the desktop for x,y, or z reasons. It’s just not true. Take India, for example. There, GNU/Linux is used at work by a lot of people and their number is increasing. There are about 30% more users on weekdays than weekends and the rate of growth is more than twice as great on weekdays.

The government of India has taken steps to broaden the use of GNU/Linux everywhere in IT so these trends should continue. While we know Dell and others are selling GNU/Linux PCs on retail shelves in India, there’s lots of room for growth. Seeing skill with GNU/Linux as advantageous for getting jobs and contracts with the government, I expect this trend will grow for quite a while as it has in other countries whose governments are proactive in promoting FLOSS.

See StatCounter’s Top 7 Desktop OS in India From 1 May to 27 July, 2014

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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2 Responses to GNU/Linux Works In India

  1. dougman wrote, “does the desktop matter anymore? No”.

    I think until we’re all working from home or offices disappear there will be desktop PCs. There will be diversity there with some folks using notebooks, tablets, thin clients, all-in-ones, and large or tiny boxes. USB drives have almost killed the CD so there won’t be many CD drives in notebooks or boxes so boxes can be tiny. The hard drive is about the only reason for a big box today and with thin clients, SSDs, NAS etc. there’s less reason for the big box. Using a keyboard or big monitor doesn’t justify the waste of resources that big boxes represent.

  2. dougman says:

    LOL… but Linux did make it to the desktop in the way of Android, Kindles and ChromeOS, all of which are built from the Linux kernel.

    Only fools would argue and say it does not.

    Definitions aside, does the desktop matter anymore? No… people prefer more mobile solutions, including myself at times.

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