"Linux has made tremendous inroads into the corporate-computing
world, according to a survey of IT professionals by internet.com
Corp. (the publisher of this site), with 39 percent of the
respondents reporting that they are already using Linux, and
another 31 percent currently exploring Linux usage. However, Linux
usage remains well behind operating systems such as Microsoft's NT
and Sun's Solaris."
The study, 'Linux: You Get What You Pay For?,' found that most
popular use for Linux is as the operating system behind a Web
server, where two-thirds of the respondents report using Linux.
Roughly half report using Linux as an Internet access server or a
network/file server. One-third of the respondents use Linux for
general desktop usage...."
"Internet.com's survey also examined Linux vendors, and found
that Red Hat is the most well known -- familiar to 79 percent of
the respondents and recognized as a major player in the Linux
market by 55 percent of the respondents. (Among all vendors
supporting Linux, Sun Microsystems was identified as familiar most
often among respondents.) Even among non-Linux users, two-thirds
have heard of Red Hat. However, the survey shows that Linux vendors
still face an upward climb among IT professionals: 35 percent of
the respondents said they didn't know who the major players in the
Linux market were, while only 18 percent of respondents were
familiar with VA Linux as a Linux vendor -- the same percentage
that were familiar with LinuxOne and a lower percentage that
identified Zend, Rebel, and Transmeta as Linux/Open Source
Editor's note: internet.com Corp. is the parent company of
both Linux Today and LinuxPlanet.