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InfoWorld: Survey: Linux Gaining Acceptance in the Enterprise

Dec 04, 2002, 17:30 (6 Talkback[s])

"The Linux operating system has 'an established and growing presence' in the enterprise market, although it remains a nascent technology in the early stages of adoption, according to a new study released Monday by the research unit of investment bank Goldman Sachs.

"The study, based on an October survey of 100 IT managers at large U.S. multinationals, says that 39 percent of respondents had deployed Linux 'in some capacity,' including not only the traditional Linux niche of ordinary print/file, e-mail and Web servers and desktop PCs, but also surprisingly for more important tasks in mainframes, data centers, application servers and databases.

"However, the study cautions that 'Linux will need to prove itself among early adopters before more widescale deployment' in the data center. Moreover, Linux didn't rank as a top priority for respondents, a sign that its adoption will be slow and steady, instead of explosive, according to the study..."

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