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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)

"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 systems."

"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."

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