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Survey Reveals Churn in Server OS Market

Mar 14, 2011, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

"Frodo versus Lord Sauron; Darth Vader versus Luke Skywalker: popular culture is certainly filled with titanic struggles between dueling forces. At times the battle for which OS would win the server market, Windows or Linux, has been seen in a similarly over-heated light.

"But beware a simplistic black and white viewpoint. Apple, after all, has been portrayed as a bearer of the sword of truth for decades. Yet its recent overwhelming iPhone/iPod/iPad success has caused some to lose faith. You can't be good if you are the biggest technology company in the world. Thus some believe that Apple may have moved over to the Dark Side – and so it might eventually go for Linux as a server OS if it becomes as popular as some expect.

"Ten years back, Linux advocates squarely cast the open source OS as the good guy in the white hat. But then just about everyone in the x86 field used a Microsoft system inside their servers. Only a relative handful fiddled with Linux."

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