Migrating Non-Technical Users to Linux 'Easier Than Expected'

There's a common perception that Linux tends to be more readily embraced by technical professionals, and that non-technical users may have difficulty with the open source operating system. A new IBM study of 1,200 IT professionals refutes that notion, finding that Linux desktops are easier to implement among business users than originally expected. The key is that targeted users have moderate and predictable use of email and office tools, the study finds. Transaction workers and general professional workers were seen as more than twice as likely to be primary targets for desktop Linux adoption than mobile and creative staff. A majority, 71%, said cost reduction as their primary driver for Linux adoption, and another 35% stated the ease of securing the desktop was another primary driver.

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