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VNU NET: IDC: Reliability main driver for Linux purchases

Sep 25, 1999, 15:37 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cath Everett)

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"Some 40 per cent of US users deploying Linux do so because they believe it is more reliable than either Unix or Windows NT compared with 13 per cent who implement it because of pricing issues."

"And despite the myth that the open source operating system (OS) is mainly sold into small companies, it is currently deployed in 21.6 per cent of all medium sized US based companies and 30.5 per cent of large ones - although many senior executives may not necessarily be aware that they have it installed in their organisations."

"Michelle Bailey, IDC's research manager for commercial systems and servers, said at the market research firm's Systems Market Outlook conference in Redwood City this week: "Linux far outscales NT and does just as well as Unix in issues such as reliability and performance, so there are compelling reasons to buy it. There's a belief that it's only sold into niche markets and for niche applications, but that's not true. It's sold across the broad industry, especially into corporate IT departments and education."

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