"Linux, once viewed as an operating system only computer geeks
could appreciate, is today a much more user-friendly software that
companies, public administrations, and consumers can master almost
as easily as Microsoft's Windows XP. That's the core finding of a
study published on Friday by Relevantive, a Berlin-based company
specializing in consulting companies on the usability of software
and Web services.
"The Relevantive usability study, which can be downloaded from
the company's Web site, comes as numerous government bodies and
companies in Germany's public and private sectors move to migrate
their IT systems away from Windows to the Linux operating system,
while others are still debating the pros and cons of such a
"The independent study focuses on the use of Linux in companies
and public administrations, using SuSE Linux AG's Linux
Professional 8.2 OS software with the KDE 3.1.2 graphical
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