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ZDNet Australia: Is Linux Taking Over the Enterprise?

Oct 02, 2002, 13:00 (18 Talkback[s])
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"If you've spent any time hanging around Linux-friendly discussion sites such as Slashdot in the past few years, you could be forgiven for thinking that Linux is still poised to take over the world. Reality is not quite as kind.

"Linux continues to play a role in enterprise markets, but its growth spurt of recent years appears to have slowed a little. In 2001, Linux server environment shipments by revenue declined by five percent to US$80 million, according to IDC, after two years of solid growth. That decline does need to be seen in context, however. While three years ago the argument for IT managers was whether Linux would ever have a permanent place in their environments, that discussion is all but over. 'Two or three years ago Linux was the province of geeks,' says Geoff Lawrence, Linux business manager for IBM. 'It's definitely moved from that world into the mainstream...'"

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