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WideOpenNews: Kusnetzky: No Single OS Will Run Everything

Apr 19, 2000, 02:01 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Krueger)

"While Linux evangelists' ABM (anything but Microsoft) philosophy has helped fuel its growth, one of the OS's trump cards is its ability to leverage an increasingly heterogeneous market, said IDC vice president Dan Kusnetzky at Linux Business Expo in Chicago. "I don't think we'll ever see a case where a single OS runs everything," he said. Despite Microsoft's attempts to own the enterprise market, from servers systems to client software, companies no longer feel the pressure to run just one OS, according to Kusnetzky."

"Citing an upcoming Windows 2000 Professional report from IDC, Kusnetzky pointed out that of 63 NT client users surveyed about Windows 2000 adoption, 47 percent had Linux installed on their systems. The percent of NT server users that had Linux installed were not far behind, around 40 percent."

"...Kusnetzky noted that Linux has already been implemented in every major industry, particularly the high tech sectors such as software development, education, and telecommunications. Second to only the NT in server OS shipments, Linux has become not just the OS to beat, but also one of the most difficult to battle, lacking any single corporate front for Microsoft to attack. IDC in fact counts up to 145 different Linux distributions in play."

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