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PRNewswire: IDC Study Reveals Companies Are Increasing Their Use of The Linux Operating Environment

Aug 17, 1999, 22:03 (2 Talkback[s])

"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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