Approaching The Singularity

Singularities are fun to contemplate, horrible to achieve. You approach a singularity when you fall into a “Black Hole” or a nuclear bomb goes off… bad things can happen. However, if GNU/Linux approaches a singularity in adoption/use/prevalence on the desktop, good things can happen:

  • folks could have lower cost IT from client to server,
  • folks would be relatively free of malware,
  • folks would have fewer re-re-reboots, Patch Tuesdays, “critical vulnerabilities”, etc., and
  • folks would have much more flexible IT allowing them to get the best performance from the hardware they buy/own/build.

In the real world, I don’t see a singularity any time soon but check out this correlation of the data from StatCounter’s page-view-shares. In just a few short weeks the logarithmic fit to the data blows up… That’s probably just the limitation on how the mathematics compares with reality (it could be more like a bend in the linear relation) but on the other hand, I do like the shape of the data. Things are definitely moving on up since Ubuntu/Dell, moves in European governments, and the death of XP. I don’t see any downside.

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 Approaching The Singularity

  1. ram wrote, “look very very carefully at the gcc compiler and how it handles crypto. “

    What do you see when you examine GCC code? Spout facts, not innuendo.

  2. ram says:

    “Linux is completely free of malware. I challenge you to provide any counter-examples to my claim.”

    Alas not, look very very carefully at the gcc compiler and how it handles crypto. Subtle and almost certainly due to a major military power who shall remain unnamed.

  3. DrLoser wrote, “Linux is completely free of malware. I challenge you to provide any counter-examples to my claim.”

    I’ve never seen any in years of using GNU/Linux on my own and schools’ computers. It’s impossible to say there’s none because stuff like Java exists and it’s full of holes. From time to time there are vulnerabilities found but I’ve not seen any exploited. OTOH, that other OS was like a malware magnet. I’ve seen oodles of machines with a few malwares and a few machines with oodles of malware to the point where the user complained of poor performance or lack of usable connections. At one place, my principal had his home PC powned by some spambot. It was using the NIC so hard he could not get any usable Internet service. Surprisingly, he already used GNU/Linux on another PC at home because he wanted to be ready when the schools where he worked might migrate.

  4. DrLoser says:

    … folks would be relatively free of malware

    What insane defeatist nonsense is this, Robert?

    Linux is completely free of malware. I challenge you to provide any counter-examples to my claim.

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