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ZDNet: Why Linux Will Never Go Mainstream on the Desktop

Nov 09, 2006, 00:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)

"The first thing that struck me were the poll results. Fully 28% of you claim to be running Linux on all your systems while another 50% are planning to increase the number of Linux systems you run. Those are incredible numbers but I think that they have more to do with the type of audience that the post drew, rather than being representative of the kind of growth in users that Linux is going to experience over the next 12 months (although I expect that someone will use the data to say just that). Currently the desktop Linux user base stands at about 1% (the figure varies wildly depending on what source you look at), so if 28% of you are already running Linux then that means that the readership here is made up of a large number of users that fall into that 1% user base..."

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