"Sales in the United States of servers running Linux nearly
doubled in last year's fourth quarter from a year earlier,
according to new statistics from market researcher Gartner
"Total Linux server revenue was $384.6 million in the fourth
quarter, up 90 percent from the $202.2 million in the first quarter
a year ago. By contrast, overall U.S. server revenue climbed just 5
percent in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier.
"IBM was the chief beneficiary of Linux server revenue, taking
in some $159.9 million in sales, up from $75.6 million a year
earlier. Hewlett-Packard saw sales rise to $80.2 million, up 81
percent from $44.3 million a year earlier. Dell Computer's Linux
server revenue grew nearly 66 percent, but fell behind HP, with
fourth-quarter sales of $77.1 million, compared with $46.4 million
a year earlier. Sun Microsystems, which started selling Linux
servers just last year, took in $1.3 million in the fourth quarter,
up from $912,500 in the third quarter..."
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