Weekends In Canada

I am disappointed that Canada is not the world leader in adoption of GNU/Linux desktops. It’s not from want of trying. Many individuals and groups in Canada have done a lot for GNU/Linux in schools, for instance, in Quebec, B.C., Saskatchewan and in the North but it’s not that widespread and government leadership has been utterly lacking. The federal government has only “studied” the matter of FLOSS, and only adopted it in tiny part on servers. It was only last year they allowed most citizens to file income taxes online and they did not realize that web-applications would work with GNU/Linux so they recommended that other OS and MacOS…

That sad state requires some digging to find much in web stats anything encouraging. Here’s what I came up with on StatCounter. Weekdays are not particularly inspiring, but check out those weekends, 20% more users/page-views than weekdays. That means there are a lot of people who use GNU/Linux if they have the choice, and many of them know it, almost 2%. It was only a few years ago that ~1% was considered the “geeks-limited” range, so that’s encouraging. Believe me there aren’t that many computer geeks in Canada. I only know one or two in my neighbourhood or in any of the communities where I taught so this indicates we’ve had a lot of growth and I expect that growth to continue now that OEMs are shipping GNU/Linux widely and ChromeBooks and Android/Linux devices are everywhere. In the “computer-geeks” department, GNU/Linux must be approaching 50% share. I think the “infection”/affection will spread.

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 Weekends In Canada

  1. DrLoser says:

    In the “computer-geeks” department, GNU/Linux must be approaching 50% share.

    An interesting observation. Would you care to expand upon it, Robert?

  2. DrLoser says:

    Perhaps it’s because the other 35 million Canadian citizens have better things to do than worry about trivial things like the cost of software, Robert?

    Just a thought. The per-capita GNI is apparently $42,000.

    I think, if I were Canadian, I’d worry about having to take a day off work for food-poisoning (which is also, luckily, an unlikely event in Canada) before I’d worry about the M$ tax.

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