OpenSUSE Profiles Linux Users. Uses Macintosh to Report.
A mammoth survey that compiled the ratings of some 27,000 users to profile "Linux users".
Novell's openSUSE has been getting some press lately. To move along their gamble for enterprise Linux, they conducted a massive survey (of sorts) in which they have compiled the ratings of some 27,000 + users and have come up with a profile of the folks who use Linux.
No, wait. That's not truly *all* Linux users. It's only openSUSE users. Sample bias and all that. To quote the questionnaire:
And then, there's the fun in noting the "Document Properties" of this PDF file:
Is it just me or is there some delicious irony in that?
Anyway, so, basically, this Apple Macintosh created pdf file is a *general survey* of opinions and usage experiences of openSUSE for the developers and those working in and around openSUSE. Nothing more, nothing less. It shows that the majority of users are males in their 20's who consider themselves computer savvy (quick, act surprised). However most are not IT types the survey concludes. But some of the interesting facts the survey came up with were:
- Some 70% of users Dual boot both Windows and openSUSE Linux. (This means not even the people who have jumped on the Linux bandwagon have altogether abandoned Windows).
- Almost 90% have a DSL/Broadband internet connection. (Which is useful as most Linux distroâ€™s need updating right after installation – how's that for an end-user OS?)
- Over 70% chose the KDE interface instead of Gnome when using OpenSuse Linux. (Good to know. Haven't we had it with Gnome lovers – guys, Gnome just looks butt-ugly.)
- Over 85% indicated that they have no involvement with openSUSE and donâ€™t even file bug reports. (Ha!)
- Over 60% use OpenSuse Linux was private use. (Not surprising, because openSUSE is the non-enterprise version. Who conducted this survey?)
A quick glance at the grand survey will reveal several oddities. For instance, "Question 4. What's your profession" ? Now just about anyone who can spell Linux knows the number one profession among Linux users…um, and it's the one profession that can legally get away with being 98% male (a good friend of mine is 98% male), with an age of around 25 – 30. Duh? Some of the final questions in the survey were interesting – about various aspects of the OS, such as hardware support, stability, security, software and so forth. On a scale of 1 to 5 most scored the OS in the 3 to 4 range. The highest rating 4.56 was for price. Is that indicative? Hmm. For a free OS..
This is a classic (and moronic) PR damage control after the flak that Novell picked up by getting in bed with Microsoft. A survey clearly written for corporate clients, reapplied and repackaged for openSUSE users as a ruse to appear committed to open-source and Linux.