Ken over at What Japan Thinks reports on a survey of 330 Japanese people (220 of whom are working in the public sector in Japan) on the topic of Linux and open source software (OSS.)
Compared to last year, the Mac usage has doubled since 2006 and the Linux usage has tripled, but the small sample size makes the data quite untrustworthy. The vast majority of Japanese public sector surveyed this year still use Windows on the desktop as well as on the server.
Japan’s public sector still not moving to Linux, OSS – 世論 What Japan Thinks
This is in stark comparison to the Netherlands, who recently announced that the Dutch Government will preferentially use open source software and any one in the government who requires the usage of closed-source software will need to explain the necessity. It’s fascinating and encouraging to see Europe embrace OSS even at the highest levels of government.