What PC?: 2004 Review of the Year: Software

“In terms of the global software market one of the big winners
in 2004 was undoubtedly Linux. The open source operating system
clocked up some notable successes, with analysts predicting that
the overall market revenue for Linux desktops, servers and packaged
software will exceed $35bn by 2008. Linux was also found to lead
global OS revenue and unit growth.

“Further backing for the Penguin came from a survey stating that
most mainstream firms would consider Linux as a platform for


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