GNU/Linux Advances In China

“NeoKylin is starting to be considered a legitimate option even for users outside the government. Workers in the entire city of Siping switched to it. Over 40% of commercial PCs sold by Dell in China are running NeoKylin, the company says.
 
“The NeoKylin OS is available on Dell Latitude commercial laptops, Dell OptiPlex commercial desktops, and DellPrecision workstations,” a spokesperson for Dell in China told Quartz.”
 
See A first look at the Chinese operating system the government wants to replace Windows
Yes, GNU/Linux is happening in China. After a decade or more of fits and starts, GNU/Linux has moved ahead. Thanks to Dell and other OEMs and governmental efforts to improve security and to stifle violation of copyright, 40% of delivered PCs bear GNU/Linux. It’s not just about price, either. That Other OS, illegally copied is virtually $0, too. This is about quality, getting IT done without being M$’s slave or being prey for malware. The Chinese can use FLOSS like everyone else and they can customize whichever way they need.

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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12 Responses to GNU/Linux Advances In China

  1. Deaf Spy wrote, “With the next iteration of hardware, world will simply move on to 10.”

    As much as I hate to waste time on TOOS:

    It seems as though “10” may never exceed 10% share on StatCounter. Moving on becomes less simple when there’s competition.

  2. Deaf Spy says:

    As I ‘ve said before, the biggest competitor to Windows is Windows (7),

    Ah, this sounds very, very familiar. I remember it in these versions:
    1. The biggest competitor to Windows (XP) is Windows (98)…
    2. The biggest competitor to Windows (Vista) is Windows (XP)…

    With the next iteration of hardware, world will simply move on to 10.

  3. kurkosdr wrote, “The third-world doesn’t have time for this. They are too busy trying to dig themselves out of poverty to fiddle with gnu/linux. “

    Most likely the will use Android/Linux because it comes on more mobile/cheaper devices. Those who might use GNU/Linux have rarely been given the choice, thanks to M$ tying up the OEMs.

    China and India are somewhat comparable. Despite having a weaker central government, India is a huge fan of GNU/Linux. China will become a fan sooner or later.

  4. kurkosdr says:

    BTW, I love how, the more third-world a country is, the smaller the percentages of GNU/Linux are (save for tiny sample sets like Palau, Giblartar and the like, where politican-driven GNU/Linux roll outs in governments skew the results). For example, in Switzerland, Gnu/linux has 2%, in Norway, United States and Canada it has around 1.5% while in China it has 0.5%

    When people in those countries get to choose, they c-crack their way to Windows 7 instead of fiddling with gnu/linux. Deal with it!

    This is because the culture gnu/linux represents (“software freedum”), is yet another feel-goodism for privileged first-worlders, much like “organic food” and hybrid cars for people who drive just a little every week.

    The third-world doesn’t have time for this. They are too busy trying to dig themselves out of poverty to fiddle with gnu/linux. Not when they can c-crack their way to Windows 7.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    No need to pirate anymore, MicroSh1t gives it away for free now and I suspect it will stay that way.

    They gave out a free upgrade, as a limited time offer, to existing users. Only OEMs building devices with less than 9-inch screens get Windows for free.

    If we want to discuss about an OS that’s really given out for free but people won’t even take it for $0, despite the fact it does have some kind of a marketing budget behind it, we have Canonical.

    But for that case you can always use MarketShareIsAnMSLieâ„¢.

  6. kurkosdr says:

    folks install That Other OS, to replace GNU/Linux on perfectly good PCs.

    Which is it? You trolls can’t have it both ways.

    Installing pirate Windows 7 is as easy as it gets. The c-crack tool is as idiot-proof as it gets. Much easier than having to re-learn the OS UI, re-acquire software (not every windows desktop app has a gnu/linux equivalent), re-learn the newly re-acquired software, and bash your head against Wine for that windows desktop software you didn’t find a replacement for.

    But I forgot, in PogLand, the only thing users will every need is a browser, media player and some office suite.

    Okay… whatever you say.

    ——————

    BTW, Microsoft has the same problem with Windows 10. They changed too much of the UI, and they broke some back-compat here and there, and that’s why so many Windows 7 installation stay Windows 7 and don’t become Windows 10. Familiarity, bacl-compat aka stuff that people who use computers to fiddle with can’t understand.

    As I ‘ve said before, the biggest competitor to Windows is Windows (7), not gnu/linux. Or Apple.

  7. dougman says:

    Ever since the failed project Venus, Microsoft has always been a turd in China.

  8. DrLoser wrote, “the numbers for either activity are not very impressive”

    40% share of Dell’s PCs is pretty impressive anywhere.

  9. DrLoser says:

    Which is it? You trolls can’t have it both ways. It turns out folks are both installing GNU/Linux and buying PCs with it already installed.

    Trolling aside, the numbers for either activity are not very impressive, Robert. Even less impressive, given twenty years of effort.

    Signed,
    Augustus A Troll.

  10. dougman says:

    No need to pirate anymore, MicroSh1t gives it away for free now and I suspect it will stay that way.

  11. kurkosdr wrote, “Everyone knows the reason people buy Linux or FreeDOS PCs: to save on license costs and then instal Windows 7/8/10 Extreme Edition from pirate bay.”

    Let’s see:

    1. Folks don’t install GNU/Linux because it’s too difficult, but
    2. folks install That Other OS, to replace GNU/Linux on perfectly good PCs.

    Which is it? You trolls can’t have it both ways. It turns out folks are both installing GNU/Linux and buying PCs with it already installed. Too bad. There goes the monopoly. While adoption in China is still small, it’s growing rapidly:
    Yep. Increasing share at the same time the influx of legacy PCs is huge (double-digit growth), exceeding shipments to USA.

    Further, I believe StatCounter’s data for China are even more problematic than in other countries because of the language barrier and various restrictions on the Internet. Still the trend is positive and strong.

  12. kurkosdr says:

    If so, where is everyone Pog? How much share does GNU/Linux gets in China in those cute graphs of yours?

    Everyone knows the reason people buy Linux or FreeDOS PCs: to save on license costs and then instal Windows 7/8/10 Extreme Edition from pirate bay.

    Otherwise all those Linux PCs would show up in your cute graphs.

    Cheers.

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