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Why Linux Market Growth Statistics Matter to Hackers

Mar 06, 2008, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Zemlin)

"Today IDC announced their market sizing numbers showing revenues for servers running Linux or Windows outpaced the sales of the rest of the market in the final quarter of 2007. Linux grew at the fastest pace clocking double digit growth 11.6 percent in the quarter. Windows came in second at 6.9 percent growth. Everything else grew at rates of 1.5% or less. This is even more impressive for Linux since IDC and the other firms only count paid Linux server shipments. As we all know, many companies buy blank servers and load free Linux on them. None of this is counted.

"These numbers are closely watched by the platform software industry to measure their market success and base their investments on growth..."

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