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Old 02-15-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
yamaplos
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OS choice vs demographics


I am looking to put some ideas together on what kind of people do choose what kind of OS and browser and software and etc.

Well, we all know that Real Winners choose some Libre combination, and the rest... :-)

Seriously, would you help me to find info on this matter? like, what ages prefer what OS, and other such demographics (gender, income, race, etc.) I am totally sure this path has been followed before, but just starting on my research (doing my due diligence on /operating system demographics/ on Google, sort of too general so far)

Thank you!

Yama
 
Old 02-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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Do anybody ask such questions as your gender, income, race when you download or buy an OS?

No, I guess. At least nobody did for me. Hopefully.

Thus my guess is that you won't find accurate data to answer your question.

Furthermore, what would be the answers' usage?

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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Pardon me, Didier, maybe I should have explained a little bit on why I am interested in this data.

It is a fact that different people behave in different ways, and that is the way it should be.

Also, it would be idiotic and abusively intrusive if you were asked those questions.

However, there comes a time when you are trying to understand how certain people behave in certain ways. I do wonder if, for example, Latinos and Native Americans (my folk) are more interested in Linux than, say Asian or Caucassians. Then the next question is, why? I could posit that it is the more affluent the ones that get to actually have a chance to chose, reasoning that the less well to do or less educated have to take what is given them, and like it.
Is the fact that there is so much less material available to support non-English-speakers a hindrance for non-English speakers to adopt Libre?

There are practical benefits in having such information available. The ones that will "naturally" adopt Libre we do not need to worry about, they (we) will be fine. It would be interesting to figure out who needs more help - maybe that way we could be more effective in offering or providing such help.

Does that answer your question? BTW, thank you for the question, helps me line up better my research
 
Old 02-15-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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Thank you for your answer.

I think that people choose:
- what they feel they need
- if and only if it is available to them

First, you won't be able to help people who don't want to use a computer and those who can't use one, may be because of their lack of money or their illiteracy, though the OLPC effort is trying to address part of this population, see http://www.olpcnews.com/

Now let's suppose somebody can afford to buy a computer and is interested in doing so.

Which system & applications he/she will use will depend first of what is available and at which cost.

If Windows or Mac Os is already installed he/she will probably use it first.

Please note that at least in my country (France) it is really hard to buy a PC or laptop with some Linux installed - let alone any BSD like OS

I believe that Linux users are mainly people with a minimum knowledge about information systems or computers.

Now, I do think that the fact that there is so much less material available to support non-English-speakers is a hindrance for non-English speakers to adopt Libre.

E.g. I wouldn't be able to find help on LinuxQuestions if I couldn't read and write in English.

A few distributions and applications are available in several languages, see http://distrowatch.com/.

Unfortunately when time goes to go further and for instance compile and install an application manually, then if you don't know a little bit of English you are in real trouble.

About gender and race or ethnicity, I don't see why and how this could be a hindrance. I don't even see which cultural characteristic could be a hindrance.

Just my 0.02 €

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Old 02-15-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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Generally I'd say that those that go FOSS are

1. technically (IT) aware or close to someone who is
2. an 'early adopter' type personality. This factor has been researched / mentioned in several article I've read over the yrs that examine your qn.

I don't think you'll find ethnicity etc counts, except by accident of geography ie more advanced countries have more IT, more options, therefore you're more likely to find FOSS, but its geographically/economically determined. Remember that ripped off copying of MS is extremely common, therefore extremely common in even poor countries ...
Also historically, MS has dominated the desktop mkt due to monopolistic practices...
 
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Where you live is probably as or more important than who you are. Getting Linux can be a problem if you can't get broadband and don't have a local dealer who can post you a disk. Have you noticed how many Indians ask for help after installing an unregistered copy of Red Hat? A lot of people there get software by being given a disk by someone they know.

I know age is a factor in my case: I was familiar with computers before Windows came on the market. And back in the 80s things were very expensive, so the PC was not really for home users. My 1981 office PC (512KB RAM, 10MB HD, dot matrix printer, colour monitor) cost as much as some people's annual wage!

Politics may also get involved. I get the impression that some Tea Party types in the US regard FOSS as a communist plot! Admittedly not all, judging by some of the members here...
 
Old 02-16-2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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Would be interested by the results, for gender stats I don't know...
Girls and Linux ? Don't forget they have to type man each time they require some help
 
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Women in Linux? See http://www.linuxchix.org/, not to mention some of our own distinguished members, like Anisha Kaul.
 
  


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