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Re: Linux / Japan usage?
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- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen J. Turnbull)
- Date: Thu, 5 Oct 95 16:42 JST
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>>>>> "Ted" == TMatsumu <TMatsumu@example.com> writes: Ted> Does anyone have statistics on Linux use in Japan? We've Ted> visited six Daigaku recently, three of them said Linux was Ted> their main PC operating environment, This I simply do not believe. I don't know any other Linux users here at the University of Tsukuba. There is essentially zero interest among my peers in the "economics" faculty, many of whom are actually either WWW geeks or database geeks, not economists at all; very little among the students; and the technical staff are already supporting a half-dozen OSes, they don't want to learn yet another. I have a few connections in Info Systems; they all use Suns or (the commercially oriented ones) Windows for Workgroups. Somebody bought a pile of Gateways recently, but I don't know anyone in that lab so I don't know what they're running. Could be Linux, I guess. But using Linux in the University environment is frankly a pain in the SCSI port because so much of the stuff is on CDs not generally available in Japan, and the accounting department hates cutting foreign currency checks. The main PC operating environment among the users I'm familiar with is IBM/Messy DOS 6.2/JWindows 3.1 or the equivalents. Mac is coming up very quickly, but I assume you mean iAPX architecture boxes. Also, I just can't imagine the typical Japanese technical support person being willing to support Linux for the average luser. There are some hotshots, but there's no guarantee they'll be at the same job after 12 months. They don't like dealing with lusers either. I don't know any Linux users at Osaka U, Kyoto U, or Tokyo U. But I don't know those populations well. Everybody I do know is running Suns, MacOs, or DOS/Windows. There may be individual labs using Linux here and at the other universities I've mentioned. But are you sure that these people are saying Linux is the main PC operating environment in those universities, or do they simply mean their own labs? Are you sure they didn't think you were asking what the main WWW browser was, and they answered Lynx? That's about as likely.... Ted> and three did not mention Linux at all? Thanks. This is much more likely IMHO. There used to be a survey of Linux use available from Linus or somebody. Maybe there still is if you finger him? It might be possible to get that database and find out how many addresses are in Japan. The other possibility would be to check on the fj.os.linux or whatever newsgroup. Finally, find out who distributes linux CD ROMs (not the stores, the main importer---this is Japan, there *will* be an exclusive dealership agreement. Maybe Tsusansho can tell you.) Ask 'em how many they're selling. Maybe you can check with the mirror site (that's a bad sign, actually, only SPIN is mentioned as a mirror site in the Sunsite MIRRORS---and SPIN tends to be about 6 kernels behind in the development series). -- Stephen J. Turnbull Institute of Socio-Economic Planning Yaseppochi-Gumi University of Tsukuba http://turnbull.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp/ Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba, 305 JAPAN email@example.com
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