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Apr 12, 2000, 16:31 (1 Talkback[s])
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"IDC pins Linux growth on its reliability and strength in the Web market."

"Dubbing Linux "red hot" in the server market, IDC released quarterly data showing that Linux server shipments increased 166 percent in the the fourth quarter of 1999 from the fourth quarter of 1998. The news comes only two months after IDC surprised itself -- if not the Linux community -- with a report that Linux had grown to become the second most popular server OS shipped in 1999, behind only the NT. IDC previously projected that Linux would be number two in 2002 or 2003."

"IDC is pegging much of the OS's growth on its strength in the rapidly escalating Web market, citing a recent survey of Linux users who deployed the system to support Web hosting, proxy/caching services, and email. "More than 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet-related applications," noted Michelle Bailey, research manager for IDC. "Linux servers are now embedded in the Internet infrastructure and are strong competition for NT and Unix entry servers."

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