Linux is more popular than Windows. Finally.

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When I started using Linux in 2000, it was just 9 years old and practically no one knew about this strange operating system. Linus Torvalds, its creator, had as ambition to make Linux achieve world domination status. Of course, no one believed him.

Fast forward 13 years (i.e. 22 years after Linux’s birth) and something beautiful happens: Linux is now the most used operating system in the whole world thanks to Android which powers most smartphones and tablets and which is built on Linux. According to a Goldman Sachs’ private report, Android accounts for 41% of all computers on the planet, Apple MacOS X and iOS represent 23% and Windows only 20% (from its 95% of market share in 2004).

When Ubuntu Linux was created in August 2004, Mark Shuttleworth created bug report #1: “Liberation: Microsoft has a majority market share”. He has just closed the bug because, well, the bug is not a bug anymore as Microsoft software represents a minority now…

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Interestingly, this makes sense. Until the beginning of the ’90s, the world of computing was very interesting: there were a lot of competing companies like Microsoft, Atari, Commodore, Apple, etc. and this fostered a lot of innovation and major advances were made. When Microsoft Windows became popular at the end of the ’90s, Microsoft crushed all their opponents by abusing their position of dominance and resorting to anti-competitive practices.

In 2007, something special happened: Apple released the iPhone. In the same year, Google announced Android, an operating system for smartphones and tablets, based on Linux, and released for free in 2008. Since then, major companies like Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony have adopted Android.

This means that we’re now mostly in the same situation as before Microsoft crushed its competitors. We now have three platforms, Android, Apple and Microsoft, and this can only mean that more innovation is to come. At the end, we, users, are the ones who are going to benefit more from this.

Laws couldn’t get Microsoft to behave. Linux, indirectly, has.

My top posts of 2012

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I started blogging in March 2004 and, like a lot of bloggers, I blog a bit less now.

Here are a few of my highlights from 2012:

Feel free to revive the posts, comment on them and share them on social networks too.

Enjoy!

Gangnam Style Piracy

 
Gangnam Style is the most popular video on YouTube ever… as if I needed to tell you.

The video has been seen 978,000,000 times already. Simple maths tell us that it will probably reach 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) views in a few days.

Interestingly, one of the reasons this song and video are so popular is that PSY, the author, does not try to stop copycats. Thousands, including people here in Mauritius, have done their own interpretations of the song and posted them on YouTube. This has contributed massively towards the buzz for the official video. Naturally, PSY has managed to earn quite a lot of money, mainly by participating in TV commercials in Korea and elsewhere.

Piracy actually has helped sales and made an artist earn his living very very decently. Food for thought.

An update

The video has just reached 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) views on YouTube on 21 December (yeah, the day the world was supposed to end…) Read this very informative article on what Psy raps about and what Gangnam means.

Take Action : the Internet must remain free and open

I want the Internet to remain open and free. I don’t want some people and some governments to impose stupid rules on billions on us.

Read more here and here.

Take action now!

Made In Moris?!?

It’s funny how we, Mauritians, have still not understood that Kreol Morisien is a full-fledged language.

Take for example the Made In Moris campaign. What is  “Made In Moris” supposed to mean? Why do people insist in mixing Kreol Morisien with English? Or French?

I have no problem using either Kreol Morisien, English or French. “Ine fer Moris”, “Fabriqué à Maurice” or “Made in Mauritius” all sound ok.

For example, for the local market, “Ine fer Moris” would be great. But for export products to France, “Fabriqué à Maurice” is good too and, of course, “Made in Mauritius” for all other uses.

What would you have chosen?

Now, coming to the three logos themselves, I must say I’m not too happy with any of them:

  1. The first one is way too complex and too, ahem, intellectual: a fingerprint in the shape of the island! It’s typically what non-designers come up with when they have to design a logo.
  2. The second one is too easy. Looks like a myriad of logos which are used everywhere in the world except that Mauritian colours are used.
  3. The third one is way too black and Facebooky.

Don’t tell me that criticising is easy while actually doing one logo is hard. I know that. But, as you all know, no one is paying me to come up with a logo.

In essence, don’t mix languages. Respect our Kreol Morisien.

And, please, come up with a nice logo.