A Pleasant Stroll Through Europe – GNU/Linux Rolls On Desktops

Region Roll-out Savings
Valencia, Spain 120K PC in admin, courts and schools €1.5million p.a.
Extremadura, Spain 70K PCs in schools, more in offices
France 72K PCs in French national police, Parliament and ministries checking it out €2 million p.a.
Germany, Munich 14K desktops €11 million on hardware and licences
Estonia pilot study, potentially 6k desktops > €1 million p.a.
Portugal 890K desktops lots
Turkey, Defence Recruitment 4.5K desktops
Turkey, schools 1600K notebooks+tablets

So, when I write about millions of users of GNU/Linux for personal IT, they are out there. This is far from an exhaustive list but a few minutes of searching the web. The whole of Europe is near 1.5% share of page-views from GNU/Linux and Norway is over 3%. Europe is a hot bed of activity with governments promoting and sharing ideas about how to implement FLOSS and GNU/Linux on clients and servers. A lot of activity is in schools where students will be introduced to FLOSS and run with it. I expect GNU/Linux to become more available and widely accepted in Europe in the next few years.

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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4 Responses to A Pleasant Stroll Through Europe – GNU/Linux Rolls On Desktops

  1. luvr wrote, ” I arrived at Ubuntu Computers by Linux-Service.be”

    It’s a beautiful place, according to Google. It was not quite as quiet when my Dad was there during WWII.

  2. luvr says:

    I’ve been looking for a new laptop lately, since I passed my laptop on to acquaintances of ours after their nine-year old laptop had broken down. (They had gotten their old laptop from me some four years ago; I had gotten it second-hand myself, with a nonfunctional Windows XP system on it, and I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on it for them. Then, when Ubuntu 10.04 was about to go out of support, and I didn’t want to force the Unity desktop on them, I replaced it with Debian 7 XFCE. I wasn’t entirely sure if XFCE would be right for them, but they turned out to love it. They are now running Xubuntu 14.04.)

    I have to say, I find it still far too hard to buy a laptop with anything but Windows. Since I will be running Linux on it, a Securely Restricted Microsoft Windows UEFI Boot Crap machine is out of the question, so any computer that comes with Windows 8 is simply not an option. (There are too many problems and stupid issues with attempting to replace Windows 8 with a real OS, and I’m not prepared to take the risk. Want references? Look them them up for yourself… You know how to do that, don’t you?)

    In addition, I want to avoid NVIDIA graphics. I mean, I know (from experience, even) that the NVIDIA proprietary driver offers great performance, but I know equally well that upgrades are somewhat of a hit-and-miss affair. It may well be that the situation has improved a lot by now, but I won’t change my mind about NVIDIA until and unless they change their ways. (No hard feelings, however; I’m perfectly happy leaving them alone, and I’m sure they won’t mind either.)

    Anyway, I found the almost-perfect laptop for me at alternate.be, except for ony tiny little detail: The screen size—which is 15″, while I’m looking for a 17″ screen. I sent them a message about this, but I never received a reply. Ah, well…

    Looking further, I arrived at Ubuntu Computers by Linux-Service.be, where I ordered my perfect 17″ laptop, and I opted to have Xubuntu installed on it (not because I couldn’t do the install myself, but I wanted to minimise the risks of discovering that the computer might be DOA—which I had happen to me once with a no-OS desktop computer, many years ago).

    The computer arrived earlier today, and it works great! I sure am a happy camper!

  3. DrLoser says:

    A lot of activity is in schools where students will be introduced to FLOSS and run with it.

    Possibly.

    Not proven.

    There’s a wealth of opportunity out there for future articles, Robert. I encourage you to explore that particular domain.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Good to know that you’ve added Estonia to the list, Robert.

    What would any of us do without Estonia and its possibly greater than €1 million savings on a pilot project?

    Me, I lie awake worrying about these things. The starving millions? Who cares?

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