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it.mycareer.com.au: The windows are open and the light keeps shining in

May 29, 2001, 23:45 (90 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graeme Philipson)

[ Thanks to Norman Gaywood for this link. ]

Graeme Philipson, a columnist for it.mycareer.com.au, points to an Australian survey by the market-research firm Strategic Research and concludes that it's just a matter of time before Windows is truly everywhere -- with Linux not making a dent in the enterprise:

Unix is very strong in the data centre, but it peaked years ago and is continuing a slow but steady decline. IBM mainframe and midrange operating systems are also declining, quite significantly, after a long rearguard battle. Linux, despite all the hype, is barely making an impact, and other proprietary operating systems like Compaq's VMS and Novell Netware are all but dead....
You would think it was the Next Big Thing, and indeed it is attracting some support for marginal applications. But fewer than 1 per cent of data centres intend to use it for serious applications. As Strategic Research's Rob O'Neill says: "In two years' time Linux may be running the primary school network in Wollongong, but you can bet what's left of your tech-stock portfolio it won't be running the steelworks down the road."

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