domingo, 28 de abril de 2013

Linux? What's That?? -- Soon No more

Today, my mother showed me an article she read in a local newspaper.  It was about Linux, free software, and how students from a private university (probably the biggest private university here) were using FLOSS.

The article mentioned the benefits of FLOSS in educational contexts and how those students were using GIMP, LibreOffice, and Linux, of course.

I still recall that, four years ago, if anyone mentioned Linux, all people would ask "What's that?".  To the dismal of some company in Redmond, more and more people are getting to know about Free Software and its advantages.  Why cracking a video player if you have tools like VLC right there to take care of all your video playing needs?

It seems that the strongest weapon of privative software against FLOSS, that is, making it invisible, is working less and less each year.

Soon, most people will know about FLOSS and they will realize they do have choices.

4 comentarios:

  1. Interesting! Even private universities have understood that the future of technology walks hand in hand with FLOSS.

    I guess we can expect a more aggressive campaign coming from the M$ goons disguised as a technology-innovation foundation down here...

  2. Yes, they will try to strike back. However, they will have it a bit harder if they intend use W8 as their warhorse.

  3. I have noticed the same trend. In 2008-2009 many people didn't know much about Linux. Now my friends and relatives are asking about it. Friends of my children are using it. Looks like majority of students are using nowadays Linux or Mac. Windows has lost users.

    1. Yes, Windows has lost users and more users will be lost if Microsoft keeps the attitude that led them to push Metro in all fronts instead of actually making a leaner, friendlier, and more secure OS.