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11% of Windows XP Users Consider Switching to Linux, Study Reveals

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Coastie:
8) "The Linux community is preparing to receive a number of Windows XP “refugees” after the official support for Microsoft's operating system ends in April, but until now no number had been attached to this potential group.
 
 Tech Pro Research, a market research website that provides data about industry trends and adoption rates, among other financial information, has released an interesting study that reveals what the intentions of Windows XP users are after the support period ends.
 
 As expected, a significant number of users said that they would be migrating to another Windows OS, but a very important part, 11% to be more exact, said that they intend to adopt a Linux operating system.
 
 This might not seem like much, but 11% of the total of Windows users, either corporate or not, is a lot, and we might see a significant increase in the market share of Linux desktop usage in the following year."
http://news.softpedia.com/news/11-of-Windows-XP-Users-Are-Considering-to-Switch-to-Linux-Study-Reveals-428576.shtml"




As an XP Refugee and Mac PPC Refugee, I found it very interesting that 80% in this survey are still planning on sticking with Microsoft. Some folks never learn. Maybe some of the 37% of those planning on sticking with XP will come over to Linux after living with no support for a while. After some of the 1% price Mac machines vs. a Linux machine, they may come over too.

Regardless, Linux Lite is ready for XP Refugees and Mac Refugees. :)

Teddy:
Nice statistics here. 11% is certainly not bad, and the data for switching to Windows 8 / 8.1 is quite a bit lower than the Linux one. Linux is starting to become mainstream!

N4RPS:
Hello!

The way M$ is handling both XP AND 8.1 are two of the best things that could have possibly happened to Linux!

73 DE N4RPS
Rob

crunch182:
I'm quite surprised, I thought the figure would be higher.  I recently installed Linux, I'm dual-booting with WinXP, and finding the OS a beaut - though encountering some mild problems, i.e. sound as of moment.

I've tried the Win7 basic OS and didn't fall into line so wanted an alternative, thus here I am.  Many people use WinXP and would've support ending would mean a lot of people want to keep their privacy, security and support with another OS.

gold_finger:

--- Quote ---As expected, a significant number of users said that they would be migrating to another Windows OS, but a very important part, 11% to be more exact, said that they intend to adopt a Linux operating system.
--- End quote ---

I'd say if there is anything close to an 11% defection rate that would be an absolute disaster for Microsoft.  That's an aweful lot of people -- would more than double the total number of Linux users instantly with a number like that.  (Correction -- see edit below.  Likely significant increase in Linux users, but not a double.)


While I couldn't be happier if such a thing happened, I'm a bit skeptical on the accuracy of that estimate.  Would definitely be a pleasant surprise though if it actually does occur!  Guess we'll all find out soon enough.

EDIT:  Actually, just thought about it a little more.  Forgot that the 11% is of "XP Users"; not the total number of all MS Users -- so maybe it's not as big a total as I thought initially, but surely still a minor disaster for MS non-the-less if that number of people abandon them.

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