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LinuxPlanet: Survey: Linux makes inroads in the corporation, but roadblocks remain

Mar 19, 2001, 17:03 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"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 vendors."

Editor's note: internet.com Corp. is the parent company of both Linux Today and LinuxPlanet.

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