Who Are the Linux Desktop Users?
Analysis: The typical Linux desktop user is male, in his twenties, and while he's a power-user, he may well not be making a living in IT.A typical Linux desktop user is a guy in his twenties whos computer savvy but may very well not be an IT professional. Those are some of the conclusions you can draw from the just-released openSUSE survey results. The survey, published by OpenSUSE.org (PDF download), was run for almost three months, and more than 27,000 users participated in it. Novell and the openSUSE group will be using the results to make openSUSE, and its commercial big brother SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) better. Professionally speaking, an openSUSE Linux desktop user tends to be a student. Since a plurality of users are in their twenties, it seems safe to assume that most of them are undergraduate or graduate students. For those who are working full time, the greatest number, 21.4 percent, work as system administrators.
However, while 32.9 percent of openSUSE users said they make a living by working on computer-related jobs, the single largest group of openSUSE users, 35.7 percent, describe themselves as experienced users but without any great technical skills. These users can set up openSUSE the way they like and keep it updated, but they dont consider themselves Linux experts. Perhaps the term "power user" could best describe them.