Results of the Linux Survey in the Ladies’ Hostels

November 20, 2008 at 8:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Well the wait is finally over and the results of the survey on GNU/Linux usage by girls in the Ladies’ Hostels is out. The survey has shown that GLUG-NIT Durgapur has tremendous growth opportunity among the girl students. Out of the total 228 girls who participated in the survey, 51 use different distributions of Linux regularly either in their own personal computer or in departments as a part of sessionals. 124 girls want to install and use linux regularly but they still have not, because of lack of basic linux knowledge. Out of the 124, only 19 are from software branches(Computer Science, Information Technology and Master of Computer Applications). This shows that huge number of students of non-software branches are not only becoming aware of presence of Linux but also want to enjoy it. Also according to the survey, nearly 80% of first year girls are registered members of GLUG- NIT Durgapur. Also there are 11 students who are really “linux users” but are not registered member of GLUG- NIT Durgapur.

In case of distribution, Opensuse is the leading Linux distribution among girls. Out of 35 girls who have installed and use linux in their personal computers, 16 use Opensuse, 7 use RedHat Enterprise Limited, 5 use Fedora, 4 use Ubuntu and 3 others forgot to mention the distribution they use, hopefully they dont forget to use linux. Some of the interesting points I found is, one girl uses Opensuse 11.2 version(11.1 is yet to be released), and also some girls use linux distribution called Windows.

Some of the common problems faced by girls while using linux are:-

* Audio and video problem.
* Frequent crash of computer.
* Problems with downloading and installing softwares, like VLC.
* Internet problem.
* Less User friendly.
* Dependencies problems while installing softwares.
* Voice chat softwares like Gtalk not available.

Thanx a lot to Saptaparni, Deboleena, Sayantani and others for making the survey possible.
Thanx to Vignesh for writing this report.



  1. runa said,

    Interesting. Perhaps the last item in the inference list, is in line with what we were discussing the other day: a session during mukti to talk about the FOSS alternatives available for applications of regular use.

    On a side note, could you please change the display colours of the blog. Undoubtedly it looks pretty, but is difficult for oldies like us who have a vision problem. 😦 Thanks

  2. roshan said,

    wow ‘Windows’ Linux !

  3. Manish said,

    I never knew that NIT Durgapur has such high penetration of Linux amongst girls.

    My college has very less, its more amongst guys.

  4. pR@tz said,

    Less user friendly? ….well I don’t think so…

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