GNU/Linux In Uruguay Reaches Critical Mass

GNU/Linux is obviously doing well in Uruguay according to StatCounter‘s record of page-views. There’s a lot happening simultaneously. GNU/Linux is being used widely in schools. The government considered a law last year that preferred FLOSS (Google Translation: “ARTICLE 2. In the institutions and agencies of the State referred to in Article 1, where software licenses are hiring preference will be given free software licensing. If you opt for proprietary software must support the reason.”) but they dropped that provision.

I think what’s happening is that Uruguay is riding a monster. The powers that be ordered it restrained by dropping preference for FLOSS but still it grows, unchecked. I think GNU/Linux has reached “critical mass” there, a point where positive feedback ensures growth no matter what. There’s nothing that can stop it. I expect the “regulations” of the government will sooner or later prefer FLOSS because the law does not forbid that and it’s clearly what the country wants. The lower house approved that article…

A Uruguayan group has compiled all of StatCounter’s recent data and summarized it this map of the globe. Slowly but surely, GNU/Linux is moving on up.

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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One Response to GNU/Linux In Uruguay Reaches Critical Mass

  1. wolfgang says:

    …critical mass…

    being in software business means selling product to customers. pogson frequently say measuring internet use of programs like linux and windows not accurate and shows examples. but when example leaning his way, he says statistic is bellwether of happy days to come! very interesting.

    more important numbers for business are money values for activity. if some bunch of day laborers get free linux retread from good samaritan guy, business not affected. with no kindly linux advocate, poor guy not have money to buy windows anyway, so sale never on table. big question for business is what make money and how much. maybe business going down all over world due to people using phone and tablet instead of pc, but business not down so much that big profits not still being made and microsoft getting all but a tiny bit of what there is. they even getting android money from patent license.

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