Despite numerous government announcements regarding Linux initiatives, little real progress is being made, with the official English web pages describing the project in fact looking rather dead. In order to find out what is actually happening in government offices, japan.internet.com published the results of a survey by JR Tokai Express Research Inc into introducing Open Source Software (OSS) in the public sector.
On the 4th of December 2007 330 people from the JR Tokai Express Research online monitor group employen in the public sector completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 83.0% of the sample was male, 3.9% were in their twenties, 42.7% in their thirties, 43.9% in their forties, 7.9% in their fifties, and 1.5% in their sixties.
From the original sample, 222 people were actually working in the public sector and used computers at work regularly or sometimes. They were asked the following questions.
Q1: At your workplace, what is the main operating system installed on desktop and portable computers? (Sample size=222)
Windows 93.2% Macintosh 5.0% Linux 1.8% Other 0.0% Don’t know 0.0%
Compared to the last time a similar survey was performed, the use of Mac OS as a primary operating system has doubled and Linux tripled, but given the small sample size it is difficult to have much confidence in the figures. These four Linux users were asked what distribution they used; 2 used Fedora Core, one Ubuntu, and one Vine.
Next, server operating system was enquired about. Of the 222 computer users, 126 people, or 56.8%, knew what operating system was used; they were asked then to name it.
Q2: At your workplace, what server operating systems are in use? (Sample size=126, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage Windows 96 76.2% Linux (to SQ) 28 22.2% Unix 20 15.9% Macintosh 4 3.2% Mainframe, etc 2 1.6% Other 0 0.0%
Q2SQ: Which distributions of Linux are in use as server operating systems? (Sample size=28, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage RedHat 11 39.3% Fedora Core 7 25.0% Debian 4 14.3% Turbolinux 2 7.1% openSUSE 1 3.6% Novell SUSE 0 0.0% Mandriva 0 0.0% Ubuntu 0 0.0% Xandros 0 0.0% Don’t know 9 32.1% Other 3 10.7%
The others were CentOS, Vine and gentoo.