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Linux "Where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?". Pingdom has taken a stab at answering this question using the Google Insights for Search. Read on for our observations on the results.
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This Is Good News
by Pro-Competition on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 00:48 UTC
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2007-08-20

I think Linux's popularity in the developing world is very exciting. The increasing diversity of users and contributors from different cultures and socio-economic groups can only make the platform better for all of us.

2. The popularity of Linux among the developing countries makes me wonder if Linux is perceived as a poor man's equivalent of some proprietary OS (*cough* Windows).


Being a "poor man's equivalent" of something else is no problem as far as I'm concerned, especially in the beginning. Example: MS-DOS started out as a poor man's CP/M.

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RE: This Is Good News
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 01:44 in reply to "This Is Good News"
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2006-02-15

Being a "poor man's equivalent" of something else is no problem as far as I'm concerned, especially in the beginning. Example: MS-DOS started out as a poor man's CP/M.

All good OSes have humble beginnings ;)

That being said, there's LOTS of brilliant brains out there in the developing world and I am eagerly waiting for them to get their hands on to computers and start hacking. Since all of the Linux codebase is totally open and accessible to anyone with the interest, even with no skills, there's lots of stuff there for the minds to play with. Who knows, open-source software (not specifically Linux, there's a lot more to opens-ource) might some day in the future prove to be one of the most significant things to happen in the software world.

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RE: This Is Good News
by iain.dalton on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 02:29 in reply to "This Is Good News"
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2006-02-28

From what I've heard, MS-DOS was always a poor man's CP/M, until the end of its days. Weren't people (who had used more powerful OSes) always complaining about its inadequacy back then?

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RE[2]: This Is Good News
by flanque on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 03:09 in reply to "RE: This Is Good News"
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2005-12-15

Not sure about that, but I know I really enjoyed MS-DOS from v5 upwards.

I couldn't stand that power shell or whatever it was. It looked like Windows 2.0 b1 with colour.

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RE[2]: This Is Good News
by jack_perry on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 03:33 in reply to "RE: This Is Good News"
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2005-07-06

The joke I heard (and repeated) back then was that MS-DOS was an acronym for "Maybe SomeDay an Operating System."

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