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NewsForge: Global IT Firm Predicts Linux Will Have 20% Desktop Market Share by 2008

Aug 15, 2003, 14:30 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Gulker)

"One of the world's largest IT companies is declaring that the Linux desktop will capture 20% of the market for desktop computers in large enterprises within 5 years.

"Siemens Business Systems, the $6 billion global IT consulting and outsourcing company, has conducted extensive testing with real-world, non-technical workers and is declaring that Linux has matured as a desktop and will quickly vault to the #2 most-installed OS in the world.

"Senior program manager Duncan McNutt, who has overseen Siemens's testing of Linux desktops with users and administrators in enterprise settings, believes that Linux will grow quickly as a desktop OS because it can deliver equal productivity at significantly lower costs than Windows in very large enterprise environments--installations of 4,000 to 40,000 desktops..."

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