DESPITE a lack of enthusiasm from Linux geeks for sticking their cherished Open Sauce software on the desktop, it seems that it is in this area that the OS is stealing ground from Microsoft.
According to the preliminary report on the Linux Foundation's annual survey from Desktop Linux, the Open Sauce software is growing in popularity.
More than double the numbers of people filled in the survey this year, in comparison to last year.
More than half of them were in Europe with 35.8 per cent in the US. According to the findings, more than 68.4 per cent of desktops were used in homes and offices with less than hundred PCs. Medium-sized businesses with user bases of 101 to 500 made up 9.7 per cent and bigger businesses with 1,001 to 5,000 users came next.
Windows is still popular even with those running Linux. More than 59.6 per cent of Linux users still run VoleWare.
However what will be surprising to the Linux movement is that Linux desktop is more commonly used than Linux servers. Linux geeks have been obsessed with providing support for their OS on server and large enterprise machines, leaving the desktop as the poor red-headed stepchild.
But with more than 64 per cent of Linux desktops are being used as client desktops, it seems that geeks and engineers are not the main users anymore.
In business, the favoured desktop is the Ubuntu family of Linux which is being used by more than half of all users. The Red Hat family can be found on half of machines while The Novell SUSE group came in third, with 35.2 percent. It would seem that the figures do not add up but that is because many users have not standardised on one distribution.
In the home Ubuntu controls half the market with releases such as Debian coming second with 22.2 percent, Gentoo, 10.2 percent, Knoppix, 7.1 percent, and PCLinuxOS with 5.4 percent). µ
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