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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Exactly how large is the Linux market?

Jun 11, 2001, 17:53 (66 Talkback[s])

In a study partially sponsored by Microsoft, the market-research firm Gartner Group estimates that Linux represented less than 9 percent of all server shipments in 2000. This is seemingly at odds with market research from IDC and AllNetResearch, which report that Linux has upwards of 35 percent of the server space:

Late last month the Gartner Group released a survey of Linux system sales, and its conclusions were that Linux accounted for 8.6 percent of all server sales in 2000, with growth to approximately 10 percent of the server market in 2001. Gartner estimates that Red Hat is involved with the vast majority of these shipments -- upwards of 93 percent -- which are most prevalent in external Web, internal Web, and infrastructure server situations.

Gartner included both nonbranded (so-called white-box server purchases) and branded (i.e., Dell, Compaq, VA Linux) server purchases in its research. When the figures were broken down at this level, Gartner estimated that the Linux market share among all branded-server purchases was 6 percent in the third quarter of 2000.

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