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Enterprise Linux Today: Unix Downunder - The Current Market and Demand Trends in Melbourne, Australia

Oct 11, 2000, 08:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Georgina Beames, Esther Ward)

"The demand for Unix in Melbourne, Australia is on the move upwards. Over the last 12 months the market has started to witness a distinct growth in the need for Unix across the board, with Linux and FreeBSD featuring heavily. According to Gottleibsen Research, the researchers behind the Icon IT Trend Index 2000 - an index that analyses performance of skills, current salaries advertised, growth trends of all IT skills, contract timeframes and graduate information - the demand for Linux based skills over the last 12 months has experienced an incredible 225% growth on the previous year (1999)...."

"Users, programmers and operators see the coming into the market of Linux and the other FreeBSD flavours as a good thing, as they help demystify UNIX, meaning more people will look into using UNIX...."

"Another highly valued feature is the way freeware shrinks and makes scaling for increased traffic less expensive. This rich feature begs the question: is it any wonder that Internet sites, especially ISPs are rushing to it? Of course they are, especially when you imagine the huge cost savings with the reduction in the hardware costs as the transaction loading scales up. In short, Internet sites are attracted to freeware because it saves them the hassle of upgrading the hardware quite so often."

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