Parsing the nuances of OS decisions discusses a recent survey of businesses with regard to their plans about Win7. Not surprisingly, few have made any plans to move to the yet-to-be-released OS within the next twelve months.
Hidden in the numbers lies an interesting fact. Fifty percent of the businesses polled are looking at migrations to other OSes. I would hope that IT people are always looking and assessing so I don't put too much stock in this number. What are the other 50% doing ... sitting on their thumbs? Some of these people are actually in transition: about 14% of companies are moving to another OS. That's quite shocking, considering 99% of those surveyed are now on Windows.
Of that fourteen percent, twenty-seven percent are looking to OS X and another seven percent are planning to move to something other than Mac or a Linux-based OS. The rest -- 66% -- are moving to Red Hat, Ubuntu, or Suse, mainly. Do the math. Ten percent (to two significant digits) are actively moving to Linux right now.
Wow. I'll say it again. Wow.