Cuba leading the Linux revolution


Royal Pingdom has gathered together an interesting set of stats, showing Linux's popularity (on the desktop) in various places around the world. It has built up an impressive 6.3% market share over in Cuba, and is doing well in many African countries too. Macedonia, Finland and Spain are the top European countries for Linux adoption, although the figures there are still quite small. Still, the author guesstimates that there are around 15 million active desktop Linux users out there - a number not to be sniffed at.

What'll be the next big market for Linux? Does it help consumer adoption when governments make moves towards the OS?

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it's introduced in school classes

Linux in the NHS

I work in the NHS at a large hospital where there are huge backlogs of work and important stuff is neglected and not done in a timely manner because of staff shortages. Even though we desperately need more staff and there are many thousands of local people who are looking for work, we are told there is no money for the required extra staff. In spite of this, the Trust thinks nothing of wasting money on proprietary software. When I suggest that we replace Windows desktop and server products with Linux; that we replace MS Office with LibreOffice; Outlook with Thunderbird people look at me as if I have lost the plot and I never hear anything else.

Why does the Daily Mail have a front page rant if it finds some asylum seeker claiming £50 income support, but doesn't bat an eyelid when billions of pounds of public money is wasted on proprietary software, even though free alternatives are available?

In the UK, we have a real problem of lack of awareness... people don't know an alternative exists. Some folks say "Windows will always be more popular because people like what they know", but I don't believe this is true. When you buy a new mobile phone it is virtually guaranteed to have a different interface to your last one, but it doesn't stop you from buying it... on the contrary, this is often a plus point... People like to try new things.

I believe we should take heart from the terrific success the Spread Firefox campaign had and we should all write to Nick Clegg once he's finished "dusting himself down" after the drubbing he got at the local elections.

ignorance is a major obstacle

When the guy from Virgin Media came round to fix my internet, he asked me what operating system it was on my computer. I told him it was Linux. He immediately phoned his boss and told him that I had "the Linksys operating system". We still have a long way to go!

Schools are the key...

If you put Linux in the schools, when the children get out and enter the workforce, it will not only what they are comfortable with, but what they will NEED to be effective in the workplace.

This "crack dealer" business model was proven by Adobe and Apple in the 80's/90's, when they essentially gave their hardware and software to schools, and every graphic artist/photographer came out thinking there was nothing else capable of doing the job (even though Corel Draw in Windows was better at the time), and businesses were then forced to supply their employees with both...

Sad, morally reprehensible, but effective.

Surely slightly more than 15 million?

1 970 000 000 / 79 = 24 936 708
(if you're being picky, then here is the "correct" calculation 1 970 000 000 / 0.79 * 100 = 24 936 708)

The author says AT LEAST 15 million. Using simple arithmetic I have come to the conclusion there are circa 25 million users, which also fits in nicely with the guesstimate flying around that Ubuntu has 12 million users, since it is also guesstimated that they have roughly half of the linux desktop market share.

To put that number into perspective, 25 million is about the population of Australia and New Zealand added together.

Definitely not a number to be sniffed at.

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