Yesterday, Europe had an average of 2.29% page-views from GNU/Linux desktops according to StatCounter. There is quite a variation with plenty of countries in the range 2%+. Some very large countries are in the 3%+ range. A year ago the average was 2.24% despite many countries having increased usage this year. Just as we had the Digital Divide with That Other OS, apparently there is still a GNU/Linux divide in spite of the freedom GNU/Linux gives users to run, examine, modify and distribute the code. There are no longer as many barriers to adoption but they still exists: lack of space on retail shelves, knowledge of GNU/Linux, resistance to change,…
I had an interesting encounter the other day. I met a woman who helps run a small business here in Canada. She had never heard of GNU/Linux and had no idea what it was or how to get it. I demonstrated GNU/Linux and LibreOffice on our PC in the living room. I’m a crashing bore at parties but she seemed interested in the fact that it worked and was $free. I hope I planted a seed.
We still have work to do when the continent with the greatest usage of GNU/Linux still has millions of people not using GNU/Linux and/or unaware of the advantages. It pays to have salesmen. We need more selling GNU/Linux. I will continue doing my part here. What are you doing?