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[zz from linux@bdwm]2007 DesktopLinux Survey results

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发表于 2007-8-29 11:39:41 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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2007 Desktop Linux Survey results revealed
Aug. 22, 2007
[Updated Aug. 23] -- Analysis -- According to DesktopLinux.com's just complet
ed survey, the number of Desktop Linux users has more than doubled in the pas
t year, and Ubuntu remains their Linux distribution of choice.
Since DesktopLinux.com's recently completed survey is a self-selected group,
we can't claim scientific proof that the number of desktop Linux users has mo
re than doubled in the past year. Still, this year's survey produced 38,500 v
otes versus 14,535 votes over the same number of days in a similar survey one
year ago.
Part of the increase undoubtedly was because this year's survey received fron
t page coverage on both Digg and the German news site, Heise Online. That sai
d, we've also seen an increased interest in Desktop Linux, based on our own w
ebsite statistics. We've seen significant increases during the last year both
in terms of unique visitors and site page hits.
You don't need to believe our numbers or surveys, though. Dell and Lenovo did
n't invest in pre-loading Linux desktops to win points with the cool Linux ki
ds. Both companies did it because they want to make money with the Linux desk
top. Dell, in fact, has expanded its Ubuntu Linux offerings both in the U.S.
with its 1420 laptop line, in Europe, and in the Chinese office desktop marke
t. Today, Linux desktops are a business, not just a hobby.
So, what are desktop Linux users of 2007 using?
Desktop distributions
The leading Linux distribution is the Ubuntu family -- 30 percent of our surv
ey respondents are using Ubuntu or one of its sister distributions: Kubuntu,
Xubuntu, and Edubuntu. While there are other distributions that owe a great d
eal to Ubuntu -- Linspire, Freespire, MEPIS, Linux Mint, and Pioneer all come
quickly to mind -- we decided not to count them for Ubuntu this year, since
some, like Freespire, have just made the switch, while others, such as MEPIS,
are switching back to Debian, and Pioneer is going in its own direction.

Which Linux distros do you use on your home or office desktop system(s)?
(Click to enlarge)
Next in popularity, after the ever-popular Ubuntu family, comes the SUSE Linu
x family with 21 percent. In our survey, we found mostly openSUSE users (19.7
percent) with a scattering of SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) users (1.
3 percent). This isn't too surprising, since our preliminary analysis of our
survey data showed that the majority of our respondents were individual rathe
r than corporate users.
It's also noteworthy that the SUSE Linuxes have taken a major step forward. I
n 2006's survey, the SUSE family came in a distant second place with only 13
percent of the user base. In terms of year-over-year growth, openSUSE and SLE
D were the real winners, in fact, with a jump of 8 percentage points. The Ubu
ntu family, by comparison, built on its lead by only 1.2 percent.
In third place this year we have "other Debian," which includes Debian and al
l of its relatives besides Ubuntu: Debian, Freespire, Linspire, Linux Mint, M
EPIS, and Xandros. While this group, at 14.2 percent, may have dropped behind
SUSE this year, if you add in Ubuntu -- the most popular Debian-based distri
bution of them all -- Debian once again dominates the desktop Linux landscape
, accounting for near half -- 44.6 percent -- of this year's distribution vot
es.
The Red Hat/Fedora family -- which this year includes CentOS -- came in at th
e fourth spot with 9 percent. This represents a small loss from last year whe
n Fedora had 7 percent, while Red Hat added in a mere 2.2 percent, for a tota
l, including smaller Red Hat/Fedora-based distributions of less than 10 perce
nt.
Finally, in our "top five," we have Gentoo, which also declined -- from 9.6 p
ercent to 7 percent. After that we come to a group of smaller, independent di
stributions. Of these also-ran distributions Mandriva showed the best.
Perhaps the most surprising result of our survey was that PCLinuxOS showed so
poorly. On DistroWatch, PCLinuxOS has been at the top of the site's page hit
ranking for the last 30 days. Frankly, we're not sure why this popular, easy
-to-use community distribution didn't do better. The site supporting it had r
ecently had problems, but that problem's long been history. Perhaps, it's sim
ply that unlike the other popular community distributions -- Ubuntu, openSUSE
, and Fedora -- PCLinuxOS doesn't have corporate backing. Canonical, Novell,
and Red Hat all provide support and hardware partnerships for their community
distributions that PCLinuxOS can't match.
Desktop environments
The desktop environment results held little in the way of surprises. GNOME, i
n large part because it's Ubuntu's default desktop, came in first with 45 per
cent of the users. KDE took second place with 35 percent. Interestingly, this
is the first time in DesktopLinux.com's surveys that GNOME has out-polled KD
E. Signs of a looming upset in standings were apparent last year, when KDE sc
ored 38 percent and GNOME was right behind it at 35 percent.
The only "shocker" this year was that Xfce took third with a substantial 8 pe
rcent of the vote. In fact, 20 percent of our survey's respondents indicated
that they use desktop environments other than the big two. Given this, and th
e loss of KDE's desktop dominance, it strikes us that there's still a chance
for some other Linux desktop environment to make a go of it.

Which windowing environments do you frequently use on your Linux desktop(s)?
(Click to enlarge)
Browsers
You can probably guess without even looking at our graph of the survey's resu
lts what the most popular Linux web browser is. If you guessed Firefox (aka I
ceWeasel), you'd be right.

Which web browsers do you frequently use on your Linux desktop(s)?
(Click to enlarge)
Linux users love their Firefox, with 60 percent of all users making it their
web browser of choice. Trailing in the rear, you'll find KDE's Konqueror, wit
h 14 percent, followed by what I find an interestingly strong performance by
Opera, with 12 percent, and then the rest of the crew.
Email clients
Thunderbird, Firefox's email sibling, is the most popular Linux email client,
but it's not nearly as popular as Firefox. Thunderbird commands the loyalty
of 37 percent of Linux users, but Evolution is right behind it at 32 percent.
KMail takes third place with 17 percent. We also found that many Linux users
-- over 10 percent -- have abandoned email clients for web-based email syste
ms like Google's Gmail or Yahoo Mail.

Which email clients do you frequently use on your Linux desktop(s)?
(Click to enlarge)
Running Windows applications on Linux
When it comes to running Windows applications on Linux, nearly half of our su
rvey's respondents -- 39 percent -- say they simply don't bother.

Which of these methods do you use to run Windows apps on your Linux desktop(s
)?
(Click to enlarge)
Of those that do, many turn to Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator ), which runs th
e Windows API (application program interface) on top of Linux. More than 44 p
ercent use Wine for their Windows applications needs.
I suspect that many Wine users actually use Wine with the help of programs th
at makes deploying Windows applications on Linux easier. However, of the two
most important of these programs, Cedega, which specializes in running Window
s games on Linux, and CrossOver, which focuses on Windows business and produc
tivity applications, only 6 percent of our survey respondents said they used
Cedega, while even less, 5 percent, said they used CrossOver.
What they did use, however, was VMware, the well-known proprietary virtualiza
tion program, which was selected by 27 percent of all users. In third place w
as something of a shocker: VirtualBox, with 8 percent. Why a shocker? Well, h
ere at DesktopLinux.com, we like to think we've at least heard of all the pop
ular Linux virtualization programs -- Xen, KVM, etc. -- but we've never heard
of this one. Needless to say, we're going to be taking a closer look at Virt
ualBox soon.
Based on our survey results, we think that everyone should be taking a closer
look at desktop Linux. What we see here is a quickly maturing line of deskto
ps that are capable of replacing Windows desktops for both home and business
uses.
The Linux desktop is gaining quickly in popularity, and it's not because of t
echnology-happy fans. It's gaining users because it's an inexpensive, secure,
and efficient alternative to today's mainstream desktop operating systems. A
fter all, 38,000 plus users and two major PC companies can't be wrong.
For the full results of our survey, see the raw data on the DesktopLinux.com
survey site.
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