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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2/19/2013 11:03:00 AM Free and Open Source, Google, Indiegogo, Katherine Noyes, Linux, Support Linux Advocates 4 comments
In the form of Linux-based Android alone, Linux's mobile dominance is equally indisputable.
Accurate desktop statistics are tougher to come by, but current market-share estimates range from 6.44 percent at Wikimedia to 10 percent at O'Reilly to 25.36 percent at The H. Here on Linux Advocates—obviously a self-selected audience—our percentage is about 30 percent.
The data is endlessly arguable, of course, but the point is that Linux is either dominating or making significant inroads in every facet of computing today.
So why do we still hear the tired old “1 percent” figure being trotted out again and again? Why must we still suffer articles proclaiming Linux “dead” on the desktop? Why does the FUD keep on coming?
The answer, of course, is clear: Certain big market players have a lot to lose as Linux gains ground—an awful lot. Not only that, but their reach is wide and their pockets deep.
Here at Linux Advocates, our answer is this site: a place to promote Linux and all free and open source software. An independent site where you can find news and opinion unswayed by hidden corporate “partnerships.” A place where we can all celebrate how far Linux has come already, and help it go even further.
An unmet need
That's why we need your help. Dietrich started this site at his own expense and has worked tirelessly to make it succeed over the past few weeks since it launched. He's brought in contributed articles from top-name writers in the field, he's conducted reader research, and he's created a place that's always filled with fresh content and lively conversation, all free of the corporate bias that tends to afflict so many others.
This, we both believe, is something the Linux community needs.
But we can't keep it up without some funding. Dietrich has already been unemployed for more than a year and would desperately love to turn this passion and talent of his into a thriving and sustainable site.
A six-month goal
It's only been a few weeks since Linux Advocates launched, however, and until we're further along we won't be able to bring in the revenues we eventually hope to.
Will you please help keep this promising site alive? Through our Indiegogo campaign we're hoping to collect funding just to cover the next six months so we can build the site out further and get it standing on its own two “feet,” so to speak.
Any donation will help, no matter how small. Whatever you can give, the reward will be considerable: a fresh, independent place to celebrate and promote Linux.