Linux on the desktop a good match, for the right users

If you have users that have moderate and predictable use of e-mail and office tools, desktop Linux may be a nice corporate option, otherwise you may face challenges. 

Still deployment is currently limited, and challenges to further adoption frequently exist.  The majority of desktop Linux adopters have only rolled out to less than 20% of their total PC user base at the moment, though the opportunity for more extensive deployment is clearly identified. In order for Linux to reach its full potential in an organization, however, it is necessary to pay particular attention to challenges in the areas of targeting, user acceptance and application compatibility.

Those were some of the central conclusions reached in an IBM study done by IT analyst firm Freeform Dynamics.  The study's main conclusion was that Linux desktops were easier to implement than IT staff expected if they targeted those users mentioned above.

The  report, "Linux on the Desktop: Lessons from Mainstream Business Adoption," featured input from 1,275 IT folks from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and  New Zealand.  IBM of course has been a long-time Linux backer.

A few other key study findings included:

-71% of respondents indicated cost reduction as their primary driver for adoption.

-35% stated the ease of securing the desktop was another primary driver.

-32% cited the lowering of overheads associated with maintenance and support in general were factors contributing to the benefit of desktop Linux adoption.

-Those with experience of Linux desktop rollouts are 50% more likely to regard non-technical users such as general professional users and transaction workers as primary targets for Linux.

-47% of respondents said usability was the main consideration when evaluating or selecting a desktop Linux distribution for use in a business environment.

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