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InfoWorld: Microsoft tightens the vise on desktop OS market; Linux no longer a fad - IDC

Mar 01, 2001, 15:04 (81 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margret Johnston)

"Worldwide shipments of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows Millennium Edition comprised 92 percent of all client operating systems shipped last year, up from 89 percent the year before, said Al Gillen, research manager at IDC's operating environments program."

"Linux remains a bit player on the desktop with less than 2 percent market share, although that is a 25 percent jump from 1999, IDC's research shows. Linux also continues to garner backing from IT industry leaders, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell Computer, all of which are shipping workstations and low-end servers with the Linux operating environment. "Critics and nonbelievers can no longer dismiss the Linux market as a fad," Gillen said."

"With 24 percent growth, Linux was the only other category of operating system to increase its shipments. Linux had 27 percent of the server operating system market, Gillen said. Unix managed to hold its own in total shipments, but did not grow its market share. "Microsoft products and Linux products are continuing to squeeze other operating environments out of the market," Gillen said."

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