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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It's all too common to hear Linux portrayed by detractors as an operating system suitable only for longtime hackers and “hobbyists,” as it was put in one recent example.
The reality, however, is very different, and a recent survey of Ubuntu Linux users paints a detailed picture of not just who's actually using the free and open source OS, but how and why.
Far from young hackers living in their parents' basements--an image so commonly perpetuated--the results suggest that the majority of today's Ubuntu users are a global and professional group who have been using the OS for two to five years for a mix of work and leisure; they value its open source nature, security, speed, and user experience, but still typically use Windows as well somewhere in their lives.