"Respondents in a recent International Data Corporation (IDC)
study have indicated increased usage of the Linux operating
environment within their organizations. In 1997, IDC conducted a
similar survey but could not report any conclusive findings about
Linux because it was used by such a statistically small percentage
of survey respondents. However, 13% of respondents in IDC's current
study said they now use Linux.
'This is an amazing level of growth, said Dan Kusnetzky, program
director for IDC's Operating Environments and Serverware research
programs. 'Linux is emerging as a potential competitor to
Windows and Unix for some server applications.'
Respondents in the study also said they have no plans to
immediately roll out the Windows 2000 operating system.
Organizations of all types and sizes indicated they plan to wait
anywhere from 6 to 18 months before beginning wide-scale
implementation of the new Microsoft enterprise operating system.
The number-one reason given by respondents for the delay in
adopting Windows 2000 was technical stabilization of the operating
system. ... 'Past issues with first-release operating systems from
Microsoft have caused organizations to reign in their Windows 2000
deployment plans,' said William Peterson, research manager for
IDC's Client Infrastructure Software programs."
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