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I've been scanning the web for years finding mostly reports that GNU/Linux is growing rapidly almost everywhere. The latest hot spot seems to be Ethiopia, a large/populous landlocked country in Africa. Apparently, schools there are using GNU/Linux. See http://mrpogson.com/2014/05/01/somethings-happening-in-ethiopia-i-think-its-the-schools/
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According to StatCounter, Android/Linux is the most popular OS in India, counting desktops, notebooks, mobile devices and tablets.
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I drew a comparison between the Wintel monopoly and bridges with toll-booths...
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I think, thanks to God, times are changing. Wintel is not so powerful and at least Intel is more friendly with GNU/Linux.
m$ is going to die as we know it, but because they have a lot of money yet, they will survive selling something or suing everyone else to get some money from time to time.
GNU/Linux and Android/Linux are here to stay and stronger than ever (exponentially).
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PJ has pulled the plug on GROKLAW after all these years citing the gross intrusion into privacy by the US government.
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Microsoft was the first and most important PRISM partner but most of it is private spying by private firms.  It does not matter what software the NSA uses, Groklaw was a threat to Microsoft and that's why they were targeted.  I'm convinced that Microsoft sold their OS as a key intelligence gathering tool but the overall problem is that the US Government considers US big business interests as the national interest rather than the welfare of the US people. 

This would not be the first time Microsoft has hijacked the US Government.  Have a look at how US Dimplomats pushed Microsoft's interests overseas in the Cablegate memos,

http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Cablegate

There's more than 20 articles about Microsoft's business efforts being serviced all around the world.  The whole "IP Regime" stinks like Bill Gates and we know that Microsoft has been involved with the drafting of several obnoxious treaties, including SOPA.  
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My latest rant on how silly the world is to let itself be divided and conquered by M$ and "partners". If you look at the world's IT as a single system and calculate the cost of all those licences and what better use the money could be put, you should choose FLOSS and GNU/Linux.
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Ownership is better than buying a licence. What is too surprising for most people is that ownership is free and licencing M$ is not.
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The Open Zaurus people had X11 running on a 200 MHz ARM PDA with working network cards.  Gnome had some decent portable apps but you could run just about anything in the Debian repository and had real network transparency for file management and expanded display.  I expect that sort of flexibility in a mobile OS but rarely see it.  
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TFA lists a few important benefits for thin clients in education but misses one important one. I have used thin clients for many years in schools with ancient PCs that took minutes to boot and give a useful desktop but by using the old PCs as GNU/Linux thin clients and having enough RAM on the server to cache most files and run students' executables, students have many fewer seeks to do to log in or open a new window. Users get the performance of the server with files in RAM instead of having to wait while a single head seeks all over their hard drive. I've had students fall off their chairs because they were used to the old behaviour and leaned back to wait. This file-sharing behaviour is an important benefit of thin clients. The first student to log in pulls the relevant files into RAM and all the rest get a usable desktop in a couple of seconds. Things like this matter. Users hate change, unless they get better performance they can see and feel.

With GNU/Linux you don't need an Xserver on the server, just on the thin clients. This saves some RAM. FIle-sharing on the server saves a lot of RAM leaving more for buffering and caching.
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Even Bill Gates hates Windows 8
Goes back to Windows 7

From the "OMFG you have to be kidding" dept...

"Bill Gates’ first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.

The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. Gates repeatedly received an error message informing him that his PC ran into a problem that it could not handle and needed to restart.

After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.

While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”

“Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.

A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’ first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7."
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It's a good joke and they used the most wrinkled image I have ever seen of Bill Gates with just the right lighting...
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Deer hunting for centre-fire starts Monday here and I'm all loaded up...

After having not hunted for many years I am going out with my son and a couple of good rifles. Pet loads:
.308 Winchester with 165 BTSP and 44 grains of IMR4064 with LOA 2.765 inches. Shoots 0.5 MOA in a cheap rifle/scope combination and will kill deer as far as we can see.

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8mm Mauser with 44 grains of an ancient surplus powder and 170 grain RN. This is a great load for the bush with iron sights. Knocks 'em dead!

and we're working on 7mm Remington Magnum. It didn't shoot well for decades but we're finally clicking well under 1 MOA with a new scope and several powders. Haven't picked the one yet.

I used to be a fair shot but the son is beating me up. He supplied a new powder measure and scope which are helping a lot but he can see the bullet-holes and I can't.
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News from all over confirms that we humans now have choice when we shop for a computer and Microsoft and Intel are becoming just one part of the choice, not anything like the monopoly they used to have.
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My musings on what will happen in China next year when XP is killed off...
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China has Ubuntu Kylin, along with their own CPU architectures well underway (Godson) - they will be able to do their own thing, I have no doubt. 
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My tweaks to WordPress...
I did a recent update and was shocked to find WP was working differently. It was my fault. I had done a couple of tweaks to change the behaviour. Unfortunately, I had not documented them and had to reinvent the wheel. This time I have made notes in my database of stuff and will also put them out here:

1) It's the 21st century. I'm not using Phoney 7, so I have cut-and-paste. WP editors have "link" buttons that supply "http://" strings which are great if you type things in. Combined with selection copying stuff to my clipboard it makes a mess. I wanted it gone.

You would not believe how many times that string appears all over the code and blanking it has no effect... The right place to blank it is in wp-includes/js/wplink.min.js . Then clear the cache(s).

2) I also use "Press-This" plugin which connects to my blog from a web-page and starts a new post. Darned if WP puts a hard-coded text-box up for editing the new post... On my huge monitor that's a sin. Hasn't anyone heard of CSS? Anyway, the hard limit was tiny and I put a huge box in at wp-admin/press-this.php
No kidding. There is a window.resizeTo(1600,900) where a few hundred pixels was before. 

So, I am back in the saddle again, whiling away my retirement...
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Old guy  enjoying retirement. Working on weeds and clay in a new home. Should have a lawn and a few flowering plants this year. Have been a physicist, cyclotron technician, inventor, house husband and lately a teacher, I have accomplished many things and plan to keep busy with gardening and GNU/Linux in retirement.
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