CNET News.com: Linux to become greater threat to Microsoft, study says
Jul 24, 2000, 16:01 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Linux will pose a significant threat to Microsoft for market
share among server operating systems over the next few years,
according to new research released today."
"That conclusion, drawn by market researcher International
Data Corp., is good news for Linux backers. The bad news? The
open-source operating system has little chance of generating
anywhere near the revenue of Microsoft's Windows."
"And over the next few years, revenue growth from sales of all
server operating systems will pale in comparison to the number of
units shipped, according to IDC's new study--a paradox explained by
the skyrocketing popularity of versions Linux for low-cost
"In 1999, Linux scooted past Novell's Netware to become the No.
2 server operating system behind Microsoft's Windows NT. Over the
next four years, IDC said, Linux shipments will grow at a rate of
28 percent, from 1.3 million in 1999 to 4.7 million in 2004."