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openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results

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The openSUSE survey results are out now. The survey we made in July/August time frame attracted over 12,000 participants. Here is a short summary on changes compared to the last one we did approximately 1 1/2 year ago with the openSUSE 10.2 release. The summary is in the same order as the questions are.

* meanwhile over 90% of our users have broadband access and 3/4 of them have a flat rate. Percentage of people having slow or no internet connection is below 5%. Anyway we should find a way getting our distro physically to emerging countries as we fear they didn’t even take part at the survey due to internet issues Sad

* usage of an OS called Windows dropped from 31% to 21% which either tells us people do the full step to Linux or we may lose newbies?

* Vista is not there yet, XP usage is approx. 3 times larger then Vista usage

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Reading the openSUSE survey tea leaves

Zonker: Michael was kind enough to write about the openSUSE survey results over on openSUSE News. The survey results are fairly interesting, some of the responses are encouraging, some not so much.

The first thing that caught my eye is the gender response — less than 2% of respondents are women. The gender gap in FOSS has been a known problem for some time, but this is a problem we still need to address.

As for computer skills, only 5% of the respondents said their computer skills were basic.

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