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LinuxPR: ISPs believe large IT company adoption of Linux to be benefit not threat

Aug 11, 2001, 00:49 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Further research conducted by Idaya (www.idaya.co.uk), sponsors of the freeVSD project (www.freevsd.org), has revealed that the global top 1000 ISPs broadly welcome large IT companies embracing Linux, and feel that this trend would constitute a boost for the GPL market.

However, a fifth of respondents also felt that the rapid adoption of Linux-based services from the major IT solution vendors would squeeze opportunities for smaller players and freelance developers, an outcome which would contradict the spirit in which Linux was created. Opinion in the ISP community was evenly split as to whether Linux could ever become the desktop operating system of choice.

This latest research from Idaya/FreeVSD was concluded in June 2001, and surveyed opinion amongst the global top 1000 Internet Service Providers - precisely the companies that have made the greatest investment in GPL technology and applications. Respondents were a mixture of business managers, technical heads and service managers.

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