Between 2010 and 2011, the university clarified their questions to reflect changes in technology 😉 and I gleaned these tidbits:
- the silly geese confuse OS and hardware but between questions 1 and 2 and the explanatory notes at the end one can conclude that at least 3% of students use a GNU/Linux personal computer at home… They identify “PC” and a Wintel beast… but they have other categories, “other” including GNU/Linux as an example and Mac and iPad and “handheld” so “other” doesn’t leave much for interpretation except UNIX or some really rare OS.
- hardly anyone used an iPad or hand-held device in 2011
- lots of students use both a notebook and a desktop so GNU/Linux may have been on some of those machines
So, ~1% seems incompatible with usage share of GNU/Linux by college-bound students in Australia. Usage is several times higher. That could mean schools use it a bit, too, so there is hope for IT in Australia.