Well, it’s been two years since I did one of these and it’s always good to look back and see how things have changed. I ended up being taken aback by how little it had, once again proving the point; you can’t force people to upgrade or change if they don’t want to or can’t.
Let’s see what happened last month…
OS Stats for November, 2011 on eksith.com
I have a sneaking suspicion that “Windows NT” includes Windows 7 hits considering the percentage, but I can’t be sure. Vista is no where near Windows XP, as expected, and there’s still one straggler on Windows 3.xx. I’m a little surprised to see no RedHat or Suse hits last month.
Browser Stats for November, 2011 on eksith.com
Firefox is showing the full spectrum of versions once again (except 1.x) from ancient to bleeding edge and, rather worryingly, IE 2.0 hits actually increased from the last time. These were probably from ancient PCs used by people who are only now getting accustomed to the Internet. This would also explain why there are so many zombie PCs as part of botnets.
The last time I did this, I linked the FOSS.lk Conferences page in the comments and I was hopeful that this would be a new trend toward the expansion of Open Source awareness in Sri Lanka. I’m a bit worried that the site hasn’t changed in over three years now and I hope the momentum hasn’t slowed.
Open Source software would go a long way to alleviate budget and security woes and, as a side benefit, would make the rampant software piracy in the country a thing of the past. You know… reputation and all.
Hopefully, the next time I visit Sri Lanka, I won’t have to do tech support at each house I visit that has a computer.