I had a quick look at the web server statistics for www.ipswichgreenparty.org.uk for the first time in, erm, a very long time! Apparently the site attracts a disproportionate amount of Linux users; 28.8% compared to the UK average of 1%. Almost 60% of users run Firefox, and there are 4 times as many Android users than iPhone users (although the site probably looks awful on a mobile).
You lovely, lovely, Microsoft and Apple avoiding, open source principled people! As a Linux laptop owning, rooted Android smart-phone wielding Firefox user I salute you!
I often struggle to convey my ideology to other people when discussing a particular issue. Whether it be my dislike of Facebook, why I use the XMPP protocol for instant messaging, my love for Firefox or why I will never ever own an iPhone.
Luckily, I stumbled across an article written by people much cleverer than me weaving together Green politics, Linux and Firefox.
Like a liberal free trade idealist, I believe that society progresses best when there is more freedom and creativity. We are at a loss in the capitalist utopia of patent protected ideas owned by monopolistic trans-national corporations. Equally, we are at a loss when we have an overpowering state with no opportunity to innovate and provide alternatives, as favoured my some socialists.
We need an open playing field where each player can join in, bringing their unique talents, but with a referee to ensure every one is playing by the rules. This, I believe, is not blue or red, but green. If someone starts their own game and won’t let everyone else join, then we should ignore them, even if they do have a nice new shiny ball!
Three days after setting up Google Analytics on the blog I thought I’d have a look to see if anything happened. Eight visits from five different people! Yay. More interestingly, those five people used four different browsers; none of them being Internet Explorer.