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LinuxToday.com.au: The OS Market Morphs As Linux Moves To Number Two Slot

Jul 28, 2000, 12:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

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"In it's Server Operating Environments Market Forecast and Analysis, 2000-2004 report International Data Corporation predicts that server software shipments will grow at a healthy 17% annually over the next four years but that revenues will remain flat - showing an annual compound growth of just 1%."

"IDC says the reason for the disparity between unit growth and revenue grow is due to a number of factors. The market is still moving away from a model where servers come with expensive proprietary operating systems linked to hardware manufacturers. Commodity operating systems such as Windows 2000 and Linux are replacing these. In the case of Windows 2000 many of the shipments are not new sales but upgrades - which greatly diminishes revenue."

"...To get a clearer local picture of the server OS market, IDC Australia went to the users and asked them to nominate their three most business critical operating environments. Of the total responses Linux scored 9.1% compared with 38.6% for Windows NT. This confirms the open source operating system's number two position. By way of comparison, IBM's S/390 mainframe environment scored just 3.2%."

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