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Linux Journal: Just Add Linux: The Union of Commercial and Open-Source in Existing Business Models

Feb 15, 2002, 15:16 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source software combined with commercially licensed software has become a market reality, as open-source technologies like Linux and Apache, already tremendous market successes, are combined into business models by vendors who want to win in the marketplace. It's happening today and will continue to flourish, and here's why: Linux Market Penetration.

Linux is already a solid platform for servers, and it is growing the fastest of any. The impact that Linux is having in the market is significant. According to analyst firm IDC, Linux is the fastest growing server operating system in the market and is second in volume only to Windows NT/2000.

With the projected growth of Linux on the server, spurred on by killer-apps like Apache and Samba, a market opportunity is born. The industry is now taking the next step to deliver commercial software on the open-source platform. According to IDC, the market opportunity through 2005, in revenue, for software sold on Linux is now projected to be in excess of a 100% compound annual growth rate."

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