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May 15, 2000, 20:20 (1 Talkback[s])

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"A new syndicated survey of IT decision makers in North America just completed by, the leading eResearch services company, reveals that just under two-thirds of respondents (64.2%) identify Red Hat Linux as the primary open-source UNIX distribution used by their organization. This is more than eight times the North American market share garnered by the number two and three open-source Unix distributions, Mandrake Linux and FreeBSD. Furthermore, over 80% of respondents at organizations that have not yet adopted open-source UNIX are considering using Red Hat Linux, almost three times the mind share of the runner up, Caldera Linux. "

"These figures are a testament to Red Hat's aggressive marketing," said Dave Trowbridge, senior analyst at, "as well as its dedication to partnering with the widest possible range of business partners. Even though the survey shows that systems vendors such as Dell and IBM will become more important as the market moves out of the early adopter space, Red Hat's relationship with these players and others will make it difficult for competitors to catch up."

"Detailed results from the new survey, which also cover support and purchase preferences for open-source UNIX, are available to the press on request; a chart of the market share results can be found online by visiting "

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