Japanese public sector merely paying lip service to Linux

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What operating system do you mainly use at work? graph of japanese opinionjapan.internet.com recently reported on a survey conducted by JR Tokai Express Research into the matter of the use of open source software in the public sector.

Demographics

On the 9th of April 2007, 332 members of JR Tokai Express Research’s online monitor panel successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire. All of the respondents worked in the public sector. 82.5% were male, 7.5% in their twenties, 38.3% in their thirties, 42.2% in their forties, 9.6% in their fifties, and 2.4% in their sixties.

A number of years ago an initiative to promot the use of Linux within local goverment and other public sector locations was started, with many local authorities and the IPA, Information-technology Promotion Agency, carrying out open source software trials, but this survey suggests that the penetration at the client side has been minimal.

Note that a previous survey covering both the private and public sectors also found there was an overwhelming majority of Windows users.

Research results

First, of the the 332 people in the original sample, 247 were currently working in local government or civil service positions. These 247 were then asked the following questions.

Q1: Do you use a desktop or notebook computer at your place of work? (Sample size=247)

Yes, usually use a computer (to SQs) 93.1%
Yes, but only sometimes (to SQs) 5.7%
No, not at all 1.2%

Q1SQ1: Do you have exclusive use of that computer at your place of work? (Sample size=244)

Yes 79.5%
No, shared between two or three people 5.3%
No, shared between four or five people 4.9%
No, shared between six or more people 10.2%

Q1SQ2: What operating system do you mainly use on that computer at your place of work? (Sample size=244)

Windows 95.1%
Macintosh 2.5%
Linux 1.2%
Don’t know 0.4%
Other 0.8%

Of the 1.2%, or three people, who used Linux, one used Red Hat, one Debian, and the thrid was not sure of the version.

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