New Regime Of GNU/Linux Desktop Usage In Finland


 
See: Top 7 Desktop OSs in Finland from 1 Jan to 9 May 2015
Finland’s pattern of usage, just under 3% every day of the week has changed to that plus heavier usage two or three workdays. About the only organizations that could do that are schools which often work on scheduling cycles that make sure one subject or another are not short-changed on long weekends. Why they don’t drag in a lot of page-views on the other two or three workdays is a mystery to me… Still the average weekly share of page-views has recently more than doubled. It’s all good. Those GNU/Linux PCs don’t disappear just because they don’t hit StatCounter’s sites.

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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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7 Responses to New Regime Of GNU/Linux Desktop Usage In Finland

  1. luvr wrote, “in (nearby) Sweden, our concept of “overtime” is apparently frowned upon. It seems like Swedes kind of pay more attention to quality of life than we poor souls allow ourselves to do.”

    I was working in the North, with terrible winters, no TV, and Internet only at school. I worked a lot of overtime, e-mailing, blogging, planning, finding resources I could use in my classes. I enjoyed it and would have done it for $0 except for the mortgage(s) etc. My cost of living up there was almost nothing, ~$3/day for food, and I was paid well enough, most of the time. The hallways were my gym for walking, and there was some security… Then there was fishing, hunting, mushrooms, clean air and water. What better life could I have had except my family tagging along? Alas, they’re all urbanites.

  2. luvr says:

    Does no one work overtime in Finland? I used to work 6-7 days a week when I was a teacher.

    I don’t know about Finland, but in (nearby) Sweden, our concept of “overtime” is apparently frowned upon. It seems like Swedes kind of pay more attention to quality of life than we poor souls allow ourselves to do.

    It may be a good idea to start to wonder who’s the smarter one?

  3. ram wrote, “Maybe other departments are transmitting data to Asian builders/subcontractors only on certain days?”

    That’s an idea. Time-zones and work-weeks vary. e.g. Saudi Arabia has weekends Friday/Saturday. China is 10h away so e-mail sent on Monday may not get a second cycle until Tuesday. None of this explains why traffic is so much larger M-F versus weekends and some weekdays. It’s an all-or-nothing effect. That’s the mystery. Does no one work overtime in Finland? I used to work 6-7 days a week when I was a teacher.

    Hey! Maybe it’s not the clients but the servers that are fussy. If a server is only active a few days a week, like some on-line courses, we could see this effect. That would be pretty weird as on-line courses are popular because they are asynchronous. Perhaps there’s a live/video component. e.g. a networked class scheduled 3 days a week. In that case, why is the spike huge rather than tiny? No good answer…

  4. ram says:

    I work with some large (actually extremely large) ship building and marine equipment suppliers in Finland. They mostly use Linux, at least in their engineering departments.
    I don’t know what is causing the spikes. Maybe other departments are transmitting data to Asian builders/subcontractors only on certain days?

  5. oiaohm says:

    http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/stable-channel-update-for-chrome-os_16.html

    In fact Lynoure chart does kinda explain when you combined a extra facts. ChromeOS is still running 41. Linux Desktop and Windows and OS X running chrome will most likely be auto updated to 42.

    So what this is suggesting is that chromebooks hold up to 10 percent market share in Finland.

    So seeing firefox and chrome 42 dip and and chrome 41 rise suggest we have users not duel booting but switching between a normal PC and a chromebook.

    Really its luck of timing the fact that Chrome OS update has been delayed has made this visible.

    But it also suggests that statscounter numbers have been off in finland for a while because the Linux Chromebook users must have be miss counted for some reason. Why the spikes most likely should have started appearing a long while ago.

    Of course people will want to play the card that a Chromebook is not GNU/Linux please do remember it does in fact contain a glibc and is based off another distribution.

  6. Lynoure says:

    I’m a Finn, though not living in Finland. I’d say most workplaces are Win/Mac and Linux is mostly maybe just tolerated. Looking at the data from other countries, this really looks like an anomaly or someone fooling around with the system. Looking at http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-browser_version-FI-daily-20150101-20150509 one sees similar weird spikes in Chrome 42.0 usage.

  7. kurkosdr says:

    The spikes don’t have any normality. How can this be explained?

    Is it because finns dual-boot linux out of national pride, and then abandon it and go back to windows, ad infinum?

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