"Economic downturns separate the strong companies from the weak,
and the Linux market will be no exception to this rule...."
"That is what has happened in the case of Linux, and Gartner has
always advised companies to proceed cautiously in the face of the
enormous hype. But Linux enthusiasm is not fading away
entirely--although it's probably quickly approaching the "trough of
disillusionment" in the Gartner Hype Cycle. Some reassessment of
where Linux really fits into an enterprise's IT infrastructure was
"The current level of activity suggests the opportunity for
Linux has not yet peaked. Still, the route to success will become
much more complicated (and expensive) for Linux distributors.
Providing obvious added value will become critical and will
probably involve an operating system/middleware software stack, not
just operating system distribution."