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VARBusiness: State of the Market Preview: Linux Gets Critical Mass

Dec 18, 2000, 18:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Wright)

"VARBusiness's State of the Market Research shows that 8 percent of solution providers surveyed said Linux would be their primary operating system in 2001, up from just 2 percent last year. While Linux still has a long way to go before unseating Microsoft's Windows as the OS of choice, the system picked up a great deal of momentum in 2000, courtesy of several software players. Smaller vendors such as Caldera Systems and Red Hat have specialized in Linux and cornered sizeable portions of the market (Red Hat sold nearly half the copies of Linux on the market in 1999, according to IDC.)."

"However, larger companies such as IBM and Oracle have thrust the underdog OS into the mainstream recently. Big Blue announced new Linux products this month, including a commercial database software and Web-application software for IBM WebSphere. The company also helped Linux's increasing exposure overseas by inking deals this month with convenience store giant Lawson in Japan and Telia, Scandinavia's largest telecommunications and Internet service provider company. Both corporations will begin using IBM's Linux-based servers."

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