OT: Siemens sees Linux desktops at 20% of market by 2008 --recommends GNOME over KDE
navindra at cs.mcgill.ca
Fri Aug 15 19:31:07 BST 2003
Kurt Pfeifle <kpfeifle at danka.de> wrote:
> 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'?
I think it is just Ximian marketing, that's all... it sounds exactly
what GNOME/Ximian people would say. Maybe if Siemens bad mouths KDE
they get a better deal on Ximian desktops or something. And in any
case we know what the Ximian people are like.
> "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.'"
Incredible! This is straight off market-speak.
> "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
> licensing fees."
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