Six Years Of Desktop GNU/Linux In Europe

Europe is a very interesting place for GNU/Linux desktops because governments are cooperating to share the joy.
The result is multiple nations have governments at various levels actively migrating to GNU/Linux on server and desktop. Recently, ChromeOS, another GNU/Linux desktop not included as GNU/Linux by StatCounter, is making a move. While these trends are positive, they still have not eliminated the chief bottleneck for GNU/Linux, space on retail shelves.

Nevertheless, any widespread move towards familiarity with GNU/Linux by governmental employees will spread to the general population, particularly through schools. Familiarity by politicians and judges could well ease the acceptance of FLOSS and promote critical views of non-Free software.

Norway has long used GNU/Linux in schools and has the highest share of page-views by GNU/Linux at 3.6%. Norway is not an impoverished nation desperately trying to save money using FLOSS, with the fourth highest GDP per capita in the world, $100K. They do want IT that works for them. So do Czech Republic (2.97%), Spain (2.77%), Germany (2.47%), Italy (2.23%), Finland (2.22%) and France (2%) … Mindshare is growing and expanding to all European countries.

The European country with the lowest share of page-views for GNU/Linux is Denmark at 1%. M$ bullied Denmark over “software patents” and OOXML… I would bet the resentment there is growing. Indeed there were several consecutive weekends where some large organization rolled out GNU/Linux. Signs of life.

See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Europe from July 2008 to Oct 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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3 Responses to Six Years Of Desktop GNU/Linux In Europe

  1. DrLoser says:

    Kraft durch Freude!

    Try again, Robert. And this time with a little bit less of “European governments cooperating to share the Joy,” if you please.

    Just a tad too 1930s for those of us who joyfully inhabit the continent.

  2. Joe.M says:

    Yes! The cost of Windows is trivial. Many rich companies use Linux not really because of cost but because of its power.

    Thanks for this great post Robert.

  3. DrLoser says:

    Norway has long used GNU/Linux in schools and has the highest share of page-views by GNU/Linux at 3.6%. Norway is not an impoverished nation desperately trying to save money using FLOSS, with the fourth highest GDP per capita in the world, $100K. They do want IT that works for them.

    That might be why 96.4% of them rely on “others” to help them with their web surfing, Robert.

    I’m intrigued by this “otherness” concept. Does it, perchance, feature a preponderance of operating systems that you cannot name?

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