InfoWorld: Microsoft tightens the vise on desktop OS market; Linux no longer a fad – IDC

“Worldwide shipments of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows Millennium
Edition comprised 92 percent of all client operating systems
shipped last year, up from 89 percent the year before, said Al
Gillen, research manager at IDC’s operating environments

“Linux remains a bit player on the desktop with less than 2
percent market share, although that is a 25 percent jump from 1999,
IDC’s research shows. Linux also continues to garner backing from
IT industry leaders, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell
Computer, all of which are shipping workstations and low-end
servers with the Linux operating environment. “Critics and
nonbelievers can no longer dismiss the Linux market as a fad,”
Gillen said.”

“With 24 percent growth, Linux was the only other category
of operating system to increase its shipments.
Linux had 27
percent of the server operating system market, Gillen said. Unix
managed to hold its own in total shipments, but did not grow its
market share. “Microsoft products and Linux products are
continuing to squeeze other operating environments out of the
Gillen said.”

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