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The Jury is in: Linux Has Not Taken Off on the Desktop, Finds IDC

  • 17 June, 2005 15:52

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, June 17th, 2005 – IDC has recently completed a comprehensive study of the local whitebox PC market. In addition to viewing the trends relating to components, market sizing, sources of revenue, and buying preference, this study paid special attention to the prevalence and uptake of Linux in the desktop and notebook PC markets.</p>
<p>Across three user surveys covering the consumer, Small to Medium Enterprise (SME), and whitebox assembler markets a very clear message was established relating to Linux in the desktop operating system environment. This study has revealed Linux has not in any way seen strong uptake, nor have users identified any significant rise in demand in the near future.</p>
<p>"While it may be true that Linux is more accessible than in years past, the evidence clearly states that its presence in the desktop/notebook PC operating system environment is very low. Not only do both consumers and SMEs have little demand for it, but whitebox assemblers state they shipped a very small portion into the market during 2004, and the same holds true for 2005," stated Michael Sager, IDC Market Analyst for PC Hardware.</p>
<p>Key Linux statistics from IDC surveys:</p>
<p>* Linux had 1.1% of SME planned Operating System for next whitebox PC purchase;</p>
<p>* 1.7% of consumer respondents stated Linux was the Operating System of their branded notebook PC;</p>
<p>* Whitebox PC assembler respondents indicated only 1.1% of their sales in 2005 would have Linux as the Operating System.</p>
<p>"While Linux has solid uptake in the Server environment, the results from both users and assemblers has shown that Linux has clearly not taken off in the local desktop and notebook PC operating system environments. When piracy is included into this argument, the actual number of users who are utilising Linux as a true desktop operating alternative decreases even further. This is not to say that the situation could change in a few years time, but the message is certainly clear for now and the near future," added Mr. Sager.</p>
<p>"The client device market does include more than just desktop and notebook PCs however. Markets such as thin client devices and server centric computing environments could hold more potential for Linux. The findings in this market, which will include Linux share will be published in the next few months and the results will be most interesting," concluded Mr. Sager.</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Michael Sager
Market Analyst, PC Hardware
Email: msager@idc.com
Phone: 61 2 9925 2231</p>
<p>Click here to view the press release online:
http://www.idc.com.au/press/detail.asp?releaseid=167</p>
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http://www.idc.com.au/newsletters/register/</p>

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