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26 Oct 2007

Rochdale the IT Captial Of The North?

A Google trend history for the search terms Ubuntu, Debian, Linux and Unix for England picks up Cambridge and Oxford as two hot beds of unixdom. What is really surprising is that nestled between Cambridge (rank 1) and Oxford (rank 3) is Rochdale! Most of the towns on the list are major University towns with a large IT communities so it's not surprising to find lots of decent Unix interest in these areas.

Rochdale is a run-down former mill town that is at the heart of the industrial dead-lands of East Lancashire. It's not the place you'd expect to find Debian users... If you add Windows, then Rochdale comes top in England - I wonder if there is some major Internet point there that makes Google think a lot of people come from the place?