Linux Foundation Desktop Survey Results

Posted by monmouthing on Nov 24, 2007 4:44 AM EDT
DaniWeb; By Davey Winder
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The survey still has a week to run, but the results have been leaked out nonetheless.

So we can say with some confidence, for example, that 35.8% of those taking part were from the US while the majority were based in Europe. We can reveal that Linux is most popular in the SoHo market where there are less than 100 machines (usually a lot less) which equates to some 68.4% of Linux desktops according to the leaked figures. Interestingly, the majority of people are not using Linux desktops exclusively, with a fairly high 59.6% admitting they have Windows installations on more than half of the PCs they use.

When it comes to Linux though, people cannot make their minds up as regards which distro is best and most respondents have more than one desktop installed. The survey suggests that Ubuntu rules the roost with 54.1%, closely followed by Red Hat on 50.2% with Novell SUSE trailing with 35.2% in third place. At least as far as business users go, when you switch to see what the hobbyist or home user is up to things change. Ubuntu goes up with a loyalty score of 55.4%, Debian enters the fray in second place with 22.2% and Gentoo comes third on 10.2% with an honorable mention on 7.1% to Knoppix.

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