New Is Here

Yesterday, Friday, 2015-09-18, Android/Linux was over the face of the deep and covered the Earth, Asia and Africa at least, 75% of the World’s population. We’re there.

That graph from StatCounter is for all kinds of devices, too, desktop, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles. What’s next? The desktop. GNU/Linux still has a long way to go but in 2015 major moves were made. Dell has embraced GNU/Linux and all major OEMs are shipping GNU/Linux. Even, USA, home country of That Other OS, has adopted FLOSS operating systems and browsers widely.

In USA, Unknown, probably Android/Linux on a desktop, was 1.17%. GNU/Linux on a desktop was 3.71% (1.92% Chrome OS and 1.79% regular GNU/Linux). That’s huge progress compared to the bad old days when M$ had 95% of all desktop OS retail space.

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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9 Responses to New Is Here

  1. “inadvertently increased the attack surface against the platform firmware”.

    M$ has always done this. Salesmen want to add selling points, To Hell with security. This is not inadvertent. M$ never does anything inadvertently.

  2. ram says:

    Of course we will not mention Microsoft’s inspired UEFI — or maybe we will 😉

    Check out:

    http://www.mitre.org/publications/technical-papers/extreme-privilege-escalation-on-windows-8uefi-systems

    and THINK about what that means to the security of North America. I could say your military is “pref**ked” here, but I’ll refrain. Seriously, wake up!

  3. Mac Taylor wrote, “If people have enough time to spend on the phone and searching the Internet to try and solve Windows issues, then they have time for a short learning curve on using a stable GNU/Linux install.”

    Amen! The last place I worked, the effort to keep That Other OS running was orders of magnitude higher than with GNU/Linux. A couple of years earlier, I was in a school that had a lab that would only run a few days after “fixing” things. Chief “fix” was reconnecting the mice. Typically, students would swap mice and kill XP… I lashed mice down tightly with nylon ties but still machines failed to boot randomly. Finally I converted the lab to GNU/Linux and all problems stopped. On a good day, it had 14 machines running TOOS. On a poor day only about half that number worked. Then I was called in. I increased the number of machines by finding every broken machine I could on shelves all over the building, some a decade old. All worked perfectly with GNU/Linux. After GNU/Linux, 24 machines ran each day every day with no more intervention from me. I felt like the Maytag repairman… I was so lonely one afternoon, I went down to watch the lab in operation. Folks were too busy using the machines to chat with me. Teachers loved that they didn’t have to work around the status of the lab. Kids loved that machines were snappy and reliable.

  4. Mac Taylor says:

    I have supported many folks (family, friends, and acquaintances) with computer repairs. They know I will repair their hardware, walk them through their GNU/Linux installs, but will not do any work on any Windows OS.

    There’s one case, for example; My brother had asked for laptop purchasing advice. I explained to him that there were several vendors that had amazing machines installed and configured with Linux; e.g System76, Zareason, Linux Certified and several others. He insisted it had to have Windows. I told him if he purchased a Windows based machine I would not work on it and to set aside some money every paycheck because he was going to need it for the forthcoming repairs to the operating system. He purchased a Sony VIAO and five months later he returned with a machine which took an extremely long time to boot and afterwards wait a long time to execute applications.

    He had been on-line with Sony and Microsoft support, which didn’t fare well for him. Then he had the local computer shop re-install Windows for him and that worked for a short time before he was back in the land of viruses, malware and the like.

    I asked him how much time had he used personally to try and fix those problems and he told me many days. I told him that I would install Linux and to set some time (4 to 6 hrs.) for a beginners course. He acquiesced to installing Linux.

    I installed Linux Mint, sat with him explaining where the applications were at and so on. It’s been 4 yrs without any problems. No viruses or evil-malware to deal with. he’s been a very satisfied computer user. I suggested a modest donation to the authors of the distribution and applications he was using.

    If people have enough time to spend on the phone and searching the Internet to try and solve Windows issues, then they have time for a short learning curve on using a stable GNU/Linux install.

  5. YY wrote, “The time to have to be able to maintain your PC is over and M$ knows their monopoly money will dry up”.

    This is a major aspect of slavery to Wintel. Not only were consumers pressured to spend far more than the cost of production on IT, the ongoing cost of maintenance was horrible. Folks were claiming that the >$100 spent on M$’s OS was trivial and that the >$200 spent on Intel’s CPU was worthwhile because you might need it sometime while GNU/Linux on far cheaper AMD CPUs was plenty good enough for most needs. Folks were claiming that all operating systems needed anti-malware installed to be safe to use while malware for GNU/Linux is exceedingly rare. It was so bad that many businesses considered $1000 capital cost and $1000 per seat per annum for maintenance was normal… Meanwhile users of GNU/Linux could run perfectly well on what users of Wintel threw out for ~$0 per seat per annum costs. I’ve met many people who threw out as broken perfectly good PCs just a year or so old burdened by M$’s OS.

  6. YY says:

    We’ve come in an era where helping with computer problems is not common anymore. Where in the ‘old’ days there were few who liked to help the many because the could and did like to play with them, nowadays people either have to manage their own trivial PC problems or buy a device which suits them better, for example Apple, ChromeOS or a tablet. If they can’t handle a firewall, defragmentation, registry cleanup, anti virus software, good install & remove software etc. they get the advice to buy one of those other devices that don’t have these problems.

    And right it is! Why should we waste our valuable time and effort in stubborn anxious users who refuse to transform if there are better, cheaper and more suitable options available that are easier and safer? Basically what they ask is to abuse your time so they can continue their addiction because they refuse to invest time and effort in the obvious to come anyway!

    I see an incredible increase of use of ChromeOS for the elderly because this is finally something they can use without fear to break it or viruses or updates or whatever, although it takes time for them to believe this and gain trust and ease. The same with parents of elementary and even high school.

    The time to have to be able to maintain your PC is over and M$ knows their monopoly money will dry up 😀

  7. dougman says:

    The current generation is essentially bypassing Windows.

  8. Mac Taylor says:

    @matchrocket

    Was there to pick up an SSD on sale. Very little traffic on the PC/Laptop area. Lots on the Android tablet area.

    Same with Walmart; Chromebooks were out of stock and the laptops which were closely priced with the Chromes were not selling.

  9. matchrocket says:

    A friend of mine recently went to Bests Buy (in the North East USA) to check out the Chromebooks. They didn’t have any. The techie there said they couldn’t keep them in stock. They would sell out immediately. He said her best bet would be to buy one online.

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