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Survey Results from SuSE: Users Believe Linux is more stable, 23% Will Consider Switch

Mar 28, 2001, 13:53 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

German Linux company SuSE and market research firm TNS EMNID have released some of the results of a survey that indicates 23 percent of the PC users interviewed will consider switching to Linux when they upgrade their equipment.

According to the survey results, stability is a primary motivator among existing Linux users, with 46 percent citing the stability of Linux as an "outstanding asset," as compared to 13 percent of Microsoft Windows users claiming the same about their OS of choice. The survey also found that on the whole, surveyed Windows users associated "stability" more often with Linux than they did Windows. The statement released by the companies did not specify which version of Windows respondents were addressing, nor are all the results of the survey, or the questions used, currently available on-line.

The survey also found that 56 percent of the respondents have heard of Linux and ten percent already use the operating system at home or at work, making Linux second, in terms of distribution, to Windows.

"The results of the survey indicate that the reasons for not switching to Linux are the lack of experience on the part of the users and the limited range of application programs. Due to its wide distribution, Windows still leads in this area," said Wolfgang Best, Director of Telecommunication & IT at TNS EMNID. "Linux has the potential for the expansion of its market position. However, product advantages should be stressed even more by the communication measures, thereby enabling more users to ascertain them as an alternative for PC workstations."

On behalf of SuSE Linux AG, TNS EMNID interviewed 5,000 individuals, ages 14 and up, regarding the level of awareness and interest in the Linux operating system compared to Windows. The survey was conducted from February 23 to March 9, 2001.

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