eWeek: Linux and Open Source: The 2005 Generation

“Sometimes people don’t know when a revolution has happened
until afterwards. Then, the historians tell us that 2004 was the
year that open source started to become computing’s mainstream.

“Sounds hard to believe? Well, IDC analyst Al Gillen recently
said that ‘Linux is no longer a fringe player. Linux is now
mainstream.’ He made that observation because IDC’s research
predicts that Linux’s overall revenue for desktops, servers and
packaged software running on Linux will exceed $35 billion by


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