"International Data Corp. Japan (IDC Japan) released its
year-2000 Japanese market forecast for server operating systems on
Oct. 26. The company estimates that a total of 531,300 server OS
licenses will be shipped in Japan this year, representing an
increase of 26.9 percent over 1999."
"Broken down by type, shipments of the Linux operating system
are expected to jump 144.4 percent to 41,200 units. This 2.4-fold
burst in growth will propel Linux to a 7.8 percent share of the
overall server OS market in 2000, compared to a 4.0 percent share
the previous year, IDC Japan said."
"Windows NT shipments are expected to decline 5.1 percent to
323,600 units, while shipments of Windows 2000, which just debuted
in February, are forecast to total 97,100 units. In terms of market
share, Windows NT is expected to hold 60.9 percent and Windows 2000
another 18.3 percent of the market. However, considering that
Windows NT held an 81.3 percent share in 1999, IDC Japan forecasts
that the overall Windows hold on the server OS market will contract
by 2.1 percentage points this year."