Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Apr 2006 17:34 UTC, submitted by george
Novell and Ximian Novell may be passionately evangelising Linux and Open Office on the desktop but more than half of its own employees can still boot Windows and Office if they wish. Ron Hovsepian, Novell's president, speaking at a press event in Sydney, conceded that "about 2000 employees right now out of 5000 are single-boot only, which is Linux only, the rest are dual-boot." He said that a project to migrate the 3000 dual-boot workers to open source is likely to be completed over the next year or so.
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by tony on Tue 11th Apr 2006 21:03 UTC
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Without knowing whether the 60 percent run Windows full, part, or very little, it does give some indication as to what people can realisticly expect.

It shows that companies can't switch from Windows to Linux all that quickly. Given they are a Linux company, with a special priority on Linux, this may be about as fast as you can expect a transition to occur.

A massive transition like this couldn't of course happen overnight, and a transition from any platform to another would likely take a somewhat similar amount of time.

But it does give CIOs of companies of similar size an idea of what they would be in store for. It's not necessarily discouraging, but it's not terribly encouraging, either.

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