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.
Now that the Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 (Mumble) distribution has been released, and that the highly anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment hit the streets with its numerous new and attractive features, the developers of Parsix GNU/Linux teased users on Twitter about the upcoming release of the Debian-based operating system.
Microsoft Windows is the dominant operating system in China, but the government is trying to encourage homegrown replacements. The most popular one is called NeoKylin. We gave it a whirl to see how the hottest China-made OS looks and feels.
China's Linux-based replacement for Windows XP looks an awful lot like Windows XP [Ed: article by Microsoft propagandist Andy Patrizio]
When the Quartz reviewer attempted to install Google Chrome, he was blocked. The same happened with other apps. Quite a few apps were blocked from installation, but eventually they found they could manually add the apps by editing system files, and who wants novice computer users like office workers doing that?
FreeBSD (0.67%) and Chrome OS GNU/Linux (1.68%) peaked on September 21. GNU/Linux began to ramp up on September 20 and is still rising (16.41%). Even “Unknown” jumped to 0.67% on September 20 and reached 0.96% yesterday. It could be Gibraltar’s schools have adopted FLOSS as affordable and robust. Nearby, Malta stood at 5.42% and Reunion stood at 6.71% GNU/Linux page-views yesterday. Doing education rather than IT is what schools are about.
We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the Universal Permissive License (UPL). The UPL is a lax, non-copyleft license that is compatible with the GNU GPL. The UPL contains provisions dealing explicitly with the grant of patent licenses, whereas many other simple lax licenses only have an implicit grant. While making the grant perfectly clear is a reasonable goal, we still recommend using Apache 2.0 for simple programs that don't require copyleft. For more extensive programs, a copyleft license like the GNU GPL should be used to ensure that all users can enjoy software freedom.
Linux is a great operating system. Nobody in the Linux camp will argue about that. There are many articles on the Internet convincing you to try and to switch to Linux. There are also many articles that attempt to show you why you should not switch.
Let's look at this question from a slightly different viewpoint today. Say, you are now convinced that you want to switch to Linux. What you should NOT expect from this switch?
Have you ever made a technology purchase without fully researching the device to make sure you can use it the way you want to? I have, and many times I’ve come to regret it. My recent purchase of a Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook is trying to turn into one of those times.
I have a collection of sad old obsolete laptops that are essentially tethered permanently to an electrical outlet to function. They’re also mostly large and bulky, so not ideal for on-the-go use. I also have an old Asus eee Netbook that was the main computer I used when out and about, but it was slow and not able to do too much at once without being bogged down.