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Linux and Open Source: How It Affects Small Organizations

Sep 05, 2007, 15:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Curt Finch)

"Linux and other open source applications are finding increasing acceptance in the global marketplace in small and large companies alike. Statistics on the growth of a few open source programs--like Apache, a web server; Linux, an operating system; FreeBSD, an operating system; and PostgreSQL, a database server--show this to be true. In this article, we'll consider why open source is growing so fast, and what it means to you, the leader of a small company.

"Apache is a free open source web server that runs on most operating systems. The following graph shows how it has been taking market share from Microsoft's web server (and others) since 1995..."

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