"Lately there has been a kerfuffle in the blogosphere between
partisans and opponents of the view that the Linux server boom is
over. Supporters point to ominous IDC and Gartner data showing that
growth in Linux server revenue has plummeted from over 50% in 2003
to a little over 10% in Q3 of this year. As you might imagine,
these market share numbers have Linux fans in a tizzy. Responses
run the gamut from anger (HackFUD and Linux.com), to denial (Linux
Foundation), to acceptance (Matt Asay).
"While it's true these server market numbers measure factory
installed systems only and thus miss the many copies of Linux
installed by users themselves, it's still hard to avoid the
conclusion that Linux server sales growth is cooling off..."