OT: Siemens sees Linux desktops at 20% of market by 2008 --recommends GNOME over KDE
kpfeifle at danka.de
Fri Aug 15 17:37:41 BST 2003
Some interesting quotes:
"Siemens Business Systems, the $6 billion global IT consulting
and outsourcing company, has conducted extensive testing with
real-world, non-technical workers and is declaring that Linux
has matured as a desktop and will quickly vault to the #2
most-installed OS in the world."
"Senior program manager Duncan McNutt, who has overseen Siemens's
testing of Linux desktops with users and administrators in
enterprise settings, believes that Linux will grow quickly as
a desktop OS because it can deliver equal productivity at
significantly lower costs than Windows in very large enterprise
environments -- installations of 4,000 to 40,000 desktops."
"McNutt says that when Siemens, with 33,000 employees in 44
countries, initially evaluated Linux as a productivity desktop,
it saw little utility outside of technical departments. 'We
didn't see Linux on the desktop as a major market, but we were
"However, McNutt, interviewed by phone from Frankfurt, says
Siemens has been prodded to investigate the viability of
Linux on the desktop by customers who are both impressed
by the success of Linux servers and annoyed by Microsoft's
pricing and licensing policies."
"The stakes are high, says McNutt: even a single day of
productivity lost to technology issues like version upgrades,
multiplied by 10,000 or more workers, quickly shows up on
enterprise customers' balance sheets, and that's very bad
news for the CIO. So, while lower IT costs are 'very important'
to large customers, maintaining productivity is even more
"That's why testing was conducted with 'secretaries and
managers, not IT people.' McNutt believes that the Ximian
desktop and application suite, running on either SuSE or Red
Hat, requires two days of training, which is the same as what
most enterprises budget for a Windows/MS Office version upgrade:
one day to acquaint users with the desktop, and one day to
introduce the OpenOffice suite."
"McNutt went on to say that Ximian's suite -- consisting of a
Gnome-based Linux desktop, Evolution mail and calendar app, a
tweaked OpenOffice suite, and Red Carpet admin tools -- can be
deployed in very large enterprises at lower cost and with no
greater disruption than a Windows upgrade, and with significant
savings going forward. McNutt says that Linux will save 20% to
30% in administration costs, 50% in hardware costs, and 80% in
"Siemens has no 'religious' attachment to a particular distro
or desktop environment. Before settling on Ximian, Siemens
evaluated plain vanilla Gnome and KDE as well. Siemens found
KDE to be more 'Windows-like' than Gnome, but that lead to
problems when non-technical users expected a more Windows-like
experience. Gnome, particularly Ximian's version, was 'different
enough" to set user expectations that the experience would be
less like Windows, which led to fewer adoption problems.'"
Full article (with more interesting qoutes) at:
I am asking myself: Has this thrust been prompted be the recent
publication of the KDE <--> Windows XP usability study,
conducted by 'relevantive AG'?
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