Yesterday was the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by Allied forces in WW II. GNU/Linux
Isle of Man
Bosnia & Herzegovina
See StatCounterIt was also one of the best days ever for GNU/Linux share of page-views from desktop PCs, 2.51%. It’s also one of the heaviest-using regions for LibreOffice with HQ in Germany. All but a few of the large countries of Europe are over 2% share of page-views from GNU/Linux desktops. The top 10 users are in the range 2.92% (Spain) to 5.39% (Malta). Last Sunday, Europe was even higher at 2.55% with the Vatican pulling its weight at 2.19%. Yes, those guys seem to work on Sundays…
Much of Europe is still timid about using GNU/Linux but at least everyone knows it is an option and it works for people. There’s no reason this growth won’t continue with governments, business and education all benefiting from software they can run, examine and distribute, like FLOSS and GNU/Linux. Unlike many regions, governments in Europe are actively promoting GNU/Linux, France, for example.. Why not? It’s the right way to do IT and may well boost local employment and put taxes to better use. It’s also good for the environment promoting small cheap computers and keeping PCs going years longer.
Meanwhile, here in Canada, the government can barely pronounce GNU/Linux and they have a strange name for FLOSS, as if it were some kind of disease. They won’t even let the public know what’s in their list of software licences… They don’t get the concept of “Open” or even “Competition”, though they now acknowledge that it’s possible to read PDFs for $0… “Free Software” gets only five hits on their site. No wonder StatCounter shows Canada at less than 2% of page-views from GNU/Linux. Meanwhile, “Free Software” gets 85K hits on US government sites.