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OSDL shares Desktop Linux survey results

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Encouraged by a solid 3,300 user responses to its Desktop Linux survey, the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) Desktop Linux Working Group (DTL) Tuesday thanked all its respondents by email and began sifting through the mountain of data the survey provided.

The month-long online survey focused on determining the key issues driving Linux on the desktop as well as the major barriers to Linux desktop adoption, OSDL officials said.

"What was most surprising to us was probably the top two reasons given for deploying Linux on the desktop," OSDL's Principal Analyst Dave Rosenberg told Ziff Davis Internet. "It's not TCO (total cost of ownership), or security, or lack of license fees. It was 'employees requesting Linux (user demand)' and because 'my competitors have successfully deployed Linux.' "

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