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ZDNet UK: Will the real Linux users please stand?

Aug 11, 2000, 15:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"That Linux has appeal among Internet service providers and application hosting firms is a given. But just how much of a hold Linux already has established among Fortune 500 companies continues to be up for debate."

"If you believe Oracle, the self-proclaimed king of the enterprise Linux realm, Linux is already well entrenched in corporate America. But other Linux backers, such as IBM and VA Linux Systems, are more conservative in their claims as to where Linux is installed today -- and by whom -- and where it might be installed tomorrow."

"Linux is experiencing massive growth in the server sector. ... Exactly where Linux is being installed is not quite as clear, however. In an installation study on Linux in January, IDC found that 42 percent of Linux systems were running as Web servers, and 24 percent as Web infrastructure (messaging, file and print, cacheing and proxy serving) platforms. Only about ten percent of Linux servers were running "enterprise-class" applications, such as commercial databases, according to IDC."

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