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Linux: Who Got it Right, Who Got It Very Wrong?

May 15, 2008, 16:30 (5 Talkback[s])

"Analysts picked up on the possibilities of open source pretty early on, particularly its ability to unify the long-fragmented Unix market around a single, consistent platform. The persistent incompatibilities between Unix distributions, each of which had been used by vendors to preserve their enterprise market share, led to great enthusiasm for Linux as an alternative, which was both open and far more consistent.

"Back in 2000, Forrester Research pegged the Linux market--based on server revenues-- at US$1.5 billion, to grow to US$2.5 billion in 2002 and US$15 billion in 2007. A 2002 Giga Information Group report was entitled 'Linux has gone mainstream: are you up to it?' and predicted Linux would overtake Windows as the leading operating system on new

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