The survey, given to more than a thousand UNIX users, DataPro noted
"The ratings for Linux back up this system's impending importance. Linux blew the top off the other operating systems in three categories: development tools/utilities, ease of use, and price. Price was almost near perfect - a 4.7 compared to the next best score, which was only 3.0. In addition, Linux would have tied for overall satisfaction with the leaders - SunOS/Solaris and HP-UX.
Price was rated highly because Linux is cheap - it iseither free over the Internet or has a nominal CD-ROM charge. In fact, low cost is one of the reasons Linux is rising in popularity; one of the major historical problems with UNIX is that it is too expensive. The reason Microsoft won the desktop 10 years ago was because it was the cheapest desktop operating system. If Linux had been available then, UNIX would have had a chance to compete with Microsoft. Programmers are taking a hard look at the viability of Linux on production platforms now that Linux costs less than Microsoft and has the added benefits of UNIX, such as great performance, inherent power tool sets, and communications capabilities.
|User Ratings: Linux|
|Number of Responses||33|
|Ease of Installation||3.4|