Canonical Surveys Users

  • Desktops part 1 and Desktops part 2 – most respondents installed Ubuntu themselves and found it easy to do. No surprise there.
  • Servers – Ubuntu servers are widely used for infrastructure: web, file, print, backup, e-mail etc. and usage is increasing.

There are not many surprises in the surveys except the disappointment that OEMs are not installing it more on the desktops. I guess GNU/Linux makes a good replacement for that other OS… One key element is that there are signs that the people installing Ubuntu are not as geeky as they used to be. About 30% of new users are finding out about GNU/Linux from their friends as opposed to finding it in on-line forums and websites. I suppose geeks have friends but how many of those are also geeks? That shows usage has reached the point where a “breeding population” is sustainable, another milestone.

The years of experience of users (20% used Ubuntu < two years) suggests growth is about 10% per annum and increasing. OEMs, are you paying attention? The benefits people get from using GNU/Linux on servers is wanted on the desktop, too.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Canonical Surveys Users

  1. aardvark says:

    “Canonical surveys users.”

    Right up there with “Small Earthquake in Chile: Not Many Dead.”

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