Thursday, August 23, 2007

The 2007 Desktop Linux Results

According to's just completed survey, the number of Desktop Linux users has more than doubled in the past year, and Ubuntu remains their Linux distribution of choice.

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30 percent of our survey respondents are using Ubuntu. Next in popularity, after the ever-popular Ubuntu family, comes the SUSE Linux 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 rather than corporate users.

It's also noteworthy that the SUSE Linuxes have taken a major step forward. In 2006 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 SLED were the real winners, in fact, with a jump of 8 percentage points. The Ubuntu family, by comparison, built on its lead by only 1.2 percent.

The Linux desktop is gaining quickly in popularity, and it's not because of technology-happy fans. It's gaining users because it's an inexpensive, secure, and efficient alternative to today's mainstream desktop operating systems. After 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 survey site.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Novell Client for Windows Vista Released

The Novell Client for Windows Vista has been released. This is the full public release, not beta.

Download from Novell

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vote in the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey launched its 2007 Desktop Linux Survey on August 13, asking users of Linux desktops to identify what distributions they use, as well as their choice of windowing environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), web browsers, email clients, and Windows-on-Linux solutions.

Vote in the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey

Sunday, August 05, 2007

LinuxWorld Kicks off this week, Aug 6

LinuxWorld is this week, August 6-9, 2007 in San Francisco California. Novell will be hosting several sessions including the Best of Brainshare series.

Ron Hovsepian will give the keynote on the morning of August 8th. Ron Hovsepian, CEO of Novell, will present strategies for accelerating the advance of enterprise-wide Linux adoption "from the desktop to the data center." Ron will also highlight two key topics: the market impact of virtualization technologies, and how enterprise management services are allowing Linux to gain broader acceptance and scale to handle increasingly larger challenges.

Jeff Jaffe's Blog (CTO of Novell)
Looking ahead to Linuxworld