Why Linux Market Growth Statistics Matter to Hackers

“Today IDC announced their market sizing numbers showing
revenues for servers running Linux or Windows outpaced the sales of
the rest of the market in the final quarter of 2007. Linux grew at
the fastest pace clocking double digit growth 11.6 percent in the
quarter. Windows came in second at 6.9 percent growth. Everything
else grew at rates of 1.5% or less. This is even more impressive
for Linux since IDC and the other firms only count paid Linux
server shipments. As we all know, many companies buy blank servers
and load free Linux on them. None of this is counted.

“These numbers are closely watched by the platform software
industry to measure their market success and base their investments
on growth…”

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