Christmas had an overpowering effect in Italy this year. GNU/Linux sprang forth in all its glory. Look at the two trends in the following graph:
Until Christmas or shortly before, GNU/Linux was kind of flat with just a small daily variation and little real growth. At Christmas there was obviously a huge influx of consumers’ PCs with GNU/Linux. Otherwise, they had the biggest “installfest” ever. The daily peaks on the weekends doubled just like that. Then, amazingly, the weekdays began yielding a steady increase in GNU/Linux. I was right. Availability on retail shelves and in schools does fuel a revolution. Is this The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop in Italy? Stay tuned.
In the news, several local governments in Italy have announced plans to begin migration to GNU/Linux: