The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Mac OS X Leads Pack of Vista Alternatives

Mac OS X Leads Pack of Vista Alternatives

by , 1:50 PM EST, November 19th, 2007

Vista's stability and compatibility with current business software were the overwhelming concern of IT professionals surveyed recently. Mac OS X was cited as the leading alternative in the report, according to Computerworld UK on Monday.

A survey of 961 IT professionals, predominantly in the U.S., was conducted by King Research on behalf of systems management vendor Kace. "The concerns about Vista specified by participants were overwhelmingly related to stability. Stability in general was frequently cited, as well as compatibility with the business software that would need to run on Vista," said Diane Hagglund of King Research. "Cost was also cited as a concern by some respondents." Ninety percent said they have concerns about the switch and 53 percent said they have no plans for Vista at all.

The report, called "Windows Vista Adoption and Alternatives" said that 9 percent have considered a non-Windows OS and 25 percent [are] expecting to switch in the next year.

Leading the pack of potential alternatives is Mac OS X with 28 percent, followed by about 25 percent for Red Hat Linux, 18 percent for SUSE and Ubuntu and 9 percent for other Linux systems.

Respondents cited the management of multiple operating systems and the need to learn new management tools as barriers to a second OS adoption. Sixty percent of the respondents manage their Windows systems with tools that don't exist on non-Windows platforms.

The report echoed similar results from a Forrester report from last week, however, that report focused on the more traditional issues that slow down the adoption of a new OS in the enterprise. King Research is located in Jackson, Calif.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated October 1st

Fri, 3:11 PM
Apple's New 'Chase' Ad Highlights the New iPhone 14 Pro Series Camera
Fri, 2:16 PM
Apple TV+ Announces Premiere Date, Gives First Look at Action Thriller 'Echo 3'
Fri, 1:51 PM
Apple Music Live to Stream Exclusive Billy Eilish O2 Arena Concert: Here's How to Watch
Fri, 1:07 PM
Apple TV+ Confirms Shows Getting Another Season This Fall, Including 'Mythic Quest' and 'Slow Horses'
Fri, 12:36 PM
Apple's VP of Procurement Tony Blevins Departs Company After Lewd TikTok Comment
Fri, 12:00 PM
[U] Tests from 'Wall Street Journal' Indicate Apple's Crash Detection May Have Flaws
Fri, 3:00 AM
Bad Vibes on Wall Street and Good Vibes "As Seen on TV" - TMO Daily Observations 2022-09-30
Thu, 5:41 PM
Display Panel Orders Show iPhone Sales Higher Than Last Year
Thu, 3:46 PM
Adobe Launches Photoshop Elements 2023 and Premiere Elements 2023: Apple Silicon Upgrades, New AI Features and More
Thu, 2:58 PM
Ad-Free Instagram Experience 'OG App' Removed from Apple App Store
Thu, 2:17 PM
Apple Announces 4Q22 Earnings Call on October 27
Thu, 2:10 PM
iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Allows Users to Preload In-App Content After Install
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Daily Observations
  • TMO on Twitter!