Our OpenSUSE.org crew did some very enlightening research about who the Linux Desktop user is, and here’s what they found (PDF).

The typical desktop Linux user is 25-29 years old, male and technically literate. They invariably have a DSL or higher class connection, and feel that the following things are very important (in order of ranking) when using a desktop version of Linux:

  • Stability (78%)
  • Security (63%)
  • Usability (58%)
  • Hardware Support (58%)

Less critical but still important are:

  • Ease of Administration (42%)
  • Amount/Selection of Software (41%)
  • Documentation (35%)
  • Ease of Installation (33%)

Interestingly, support services came in at a lower ranking, only 27% of people ranked it as moderately important. The most telling statistic was the fact that 39% of all respondents felt that Multimedia Support was highly important. I am certain that this number coincides with the amount of respondents that have a dual-boot Windows machine with Linux (69+%). This makes the recent announcements of Novell’s interoperability with Microsoft and Real Network’s RealPlayer with Microsoft Multimedia Support even more relevant to the adoption of Linux on the Corporate Desktop.

RossB

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