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InfoWorld: More Linux equals more training needs - IDC

Oct 23, 2000, 22:11 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Evans)

"The IDC study suggests the market for training professionals on the open-source operating system could grow to between $118.9 million and $311 million by 2004. The market in 1999 was worth $10.9 million, said Michael Brennan, a senior analyst with IDC's IT education and training research program."

"The rapid deployment of Linux servers is sparking the need for greater understanding of the ever-evolving operating system, Brennan said. In the overall scheme, Linux is "pretty small" in the IT training market as Microsoft's Windows NT continues to be the most heavily used server operating system. Linux is second, while Unix and Novell's NetWare come in third and fourth, respectively."

"Four categories of training providers will gain from the growing market. Those include Linux distribution vendors... server hardware vendors... Linux service providers such as LinuxCare, Linux Professional Institute, and SAIR; and IT training vendors such as Global Knowledge, Learning Tree International, Productivity Point International, ProsoftTraining.com and SmartForce."

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