NewsFactor: The State of Linux in 2002
Sep 26, 2002, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Masha Zager)
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"Sun Microsystems in August joined IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell
in offering Linux as a server operating system. A month later, IBM
expanded its prepackaged Linux server offerings. Even Apple
computers can be purchased with Linux preinstalled. Clearly, the
Linux bandwagon is gathering speed--Sun has said it anticipates a
30 percent annual growth rate--but where is it going?
"One thing seems certain: In the future, Red Hat is likely to
remain the dominant Linux distributor. As an open source product,
Linux is sold by several different companies, but Red Hat controls
more than 50 percent of the North American market--far more than
any other vendor, according to Al Gillen, research director for
system software at IDC.
"IBM, HP and Dell all resell Red Hat's product, and while Sun
offers its own flavor of Linux, that variant also builds on the Red
Hat distribution, Gillen said..."