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Daniel Eikeland, a project leader at Norwegian open-source consultancy Zegenie Studios, said Thursday that its Linux Distribution Chooser quiz has gotten about 40,000 hits every day for the last week. Those taking the quiz tend to be either home users or company employees seeking advice for which desktop Linux distribution best meets their needs.

"We get a lot of feedback from individual users, but have also had feedback from people saying, 'We're part of a company that is looking into desktop Linux, thanks for pointing us in the right direction'," Eikeland said.

The quiz asks questions such as whether participants plan to use wireless devices, how they rate their technical skills and whether they are installing the operating system on a desktop or portable computer. Once the quiz is complete, the applications recommends one particular Linux distribution and lists a number of alternative distributions, along with the criteria they failed on.

A final version of the quiz will incorporate the feedback it has had from users and will probably be available in the next month, Eikeland said.

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