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GartnerGroup: A New Approach to Linux Positioning: The Long View

Jan 16, 2000, 17:40 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by G. Weiss)

"Hype states that Linux will overthrow NT. A more interesting scenario shows Linux reinvigorating the Unix market...."

"The Linux community wants to replace well-established OSs. It can be done, but enterprise planners take years to redesign, architect, redeploy and reconfigure systems and change vendor relationships. We fault the Linux community's claim that Linux will topple Microsoft. Instead, we present a scenario of accelerating Linux acceptance in mainstream corporate applications where resistance lingers (outside the "hot spots" in education, technical computing, consulting and specific-function network services)."

"The Unix market spans a variety of user needs. We foresee a Unix/Linux OS continuum (see Note 1) including a vendor-specific Unix-branded segment (as today with Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64, etc.) focused on enterprise functionality, deep vendor support, extreme levels of scalability and mission criticality. At the other end of the market is a low-end "vendor-independent, open-source-driven GNU Linux" in which the OS and allied applications conform to GNU principles. This market focuses on appliance-style, shrink-wrapped "Unixlike" servers, many pre-configured and deployed in infrastructure services. This enables Linux to move upmarket as demand and technological maturity warrant. Parts of these markets are evolving and are wide open competitively. Linux, if allied to Unix, would reinvigorate Unix, especially in competitive bidding against Microsoft, in low-end and midrange markets sensitive to price and price/performance...."

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