LAST WEEK, IBM released research which showed that Linux desktops were easier to implement than IT staff expected
That said, however, techies had to target the "right groups" of users, such as those who have moderate and predictable use of e-mail and office tools
From the detail of the report entitled, Linux on the Desktop: Lessons from Mainstream Business Adoption, conducted by Freeform Dynamics, data was gathered through an online survey of 1,275 I.T. professionals from the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and "a spread of other countries across Western Europe and the Nordics," we might presume the respondents were mainly white.
Those with experience of such migrations said that Linux on the desktop was best achieved when it was first targeted to groups of non-technical users.
"Some users care a great deal about their desktop computing environment and may be emotionally or practically wedded to Windows," said Dale Vile, research director, Freeform Dynamics. "The trick is to avoid getting distracted by these, and focus on the users for whom the PC on their desk is simply a tool to get their job done. Migrating a general professional user who only needs to access a couple of central systems, an email inbox and light word processing is pretty straightforward."
A summary of the findings can be found in this pdf. µ
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