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Enterprise Linux Today: Linux suffers, but prospects look good - Gartner

Oct 17, 2000, 14:16 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Leung)

"Linux is on a "slope of disillusionment" but it will become one of the three primary server environments by 2005, said industry researcher Gartner. "There has been tremendous hype [about Linux] and now we are on a slope of disillusionment," Gartner analyst George Weiss told delegates at the company's Symposium conference in Florida this week."

"There are high expectations that Linux will become an infrastructure server and support Windows NT and legacy systems, but this won't happen soon," he added.

Weiss, who is well known for his strong views on Linux, said the operating system suffers because it is a fragmented environment, there is a lack of adequate Linux skills, and because organisations prefer to get service and support from a well-known vendor rather than from a community of "enthusiasts".

"Although Linux may not be ready for prime-time processing yet, the open source operating system will be one of the three primary server environments in 2005, said Weiss. By then, 80 per cent of the market will be shared between Linux, Windows 2000 and Unix, and 80 per cent of the Unix market will be controlled by HP-UX, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX."

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