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At the expense of GNU/Linux
Run, the Communists are coming!
Microsoft's monopoly crumbling
90% of computers controlled by one company?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
China has more internet users than the United States even though the penetration of the internet is high in the U.S. but is still low in China. This means that China has a huge growth potential in this area. Most of us are aware that China uses a lot of pirated software but in recent years the government has been trying to crack down on it. So the trend that is occurring now is that instead of people and businesses purchasing genuine copies of Windows, they are switching to Linux. This might be both a cost issue and the fact that Linux is a great alternative to Windows. With its huge population of 1.3 billion people, the Chinese market will definitely increase the presence of Linux in the world. Even the Chinese government has its own version of Linux because they like the fact that they can see the source code of Linux for political and security reasons...
Indonesia and India are other countries that are linking to my Blog as there seems to be interest about Linux in these countries as well. This might stem from Linux being cost effective or having low hardware requirements. Just like China, these countries have a large population. Indonesia has 240 million people and India has 1.1 billion. There is a huge growth potential because the penetration of the internet is still very low as well.
Even though majority of the time I am focusing on the North American and European market there is a huge Linux user base in other regions of the globe as well. China, India and Indonesia all have a viable Linux market and in the future it will surely increase. The growth of Linux is occurring in the "West" but the developing world will also play a huge role in this trend.
Are you from Asia or are you knowledgeable about the region? What can you tell us about the adoption of Linux? Are people using Linux for political reasons, cost effectiveness or low hardware requirement reasons? What is the trend in the school system, government or private sphere? As more people will purchase computers and connect to the internet, do you think they will use open source or proprietary operating system?
Posted by Tuxxie at 3:50 PM
Friday, October 16, 2009
I like open source software but I think that the Linux community shouldn't try to force every application to be open source. The important thing about Linux is that we have the freedom to choose. We can choose from many different Linux distributions and applications. We as users get to say what we want installed on our computers and what we don't. However, forcing everyone to use open source software is against the idea of freedom to choose. Everyone should have a choice and if you are running Linux and you choose to run proprietary software that is your option. Linux is about choice and freedom and I think we shouldn't take that away from anyone. Even from the people who are supporting proprietary software. The Linux community needs to be a little bit more tolerant of other users as well. Linux is open source but you can run a lot of proprietary software on it. It seems that some applications especially very technical ones will never be open source. Personally I wish everything was open source but I don't want to force it on people. Lets be tolerant of proprietary software on Linux and also users freedom to choose what they want installed on their computers.
Posted by Tuxxie at 8:31 PM
Primary school children who didn't have computers received a Linux laptop from the government. This is a nice way to minimize the digital divide between people. Technology is important in today's society and especially in education. It is important to teach children how to use computers from an early age. Having Linux running on the laptops is pretty nice too. They can learn about open source software as well. Check out the article here.
Posted by Tuxxie at 8:07 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
dropbox site to learn more.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Website for VLC media player.
Posted by Tuxxie at 12:34 PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Posted by Tuxxie at 11:28 AM
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I always thought that this virus thing was mostly just fear installed in people. Every time you go to a store you see McAfee or Norton Antivirus. The sales people are trying to scare you into purchasing their products. The bottom line is to make money of the fear of users. I am not sure if the anti-virus products are still the same as they used to be in the past but I remember them always popping up. Somehow, I always thought of the anti-virus software as a freaking virus itself. Always needing something, taking my computer resources and being a horrible nuisance. Just get off my screen!
Like a lot of things in our society, all you have to do is instill fear into people and then sell them products to protect themselves. Antivirus software is big business and the industry is very good at scaring the common computer user. Most viruses could be avoided just by following simple common sense rules. Anyways, my mom found out that she is immune to majority of viruses that are out there and that her precious data is safe for now. The way Linux is created makes it difficult for viruses to function. Linux is the best anti-virus software.
Posted by Tuxxie at 2:28 PM
Friday, October 2, 2009
Posted by Tuxxie at 12:43 PM