"It may offend die-hard computer geeks, but the future of Linux
probably rests with corporations and other large organisations,
where the heftiest spending and staffing decisions are made and the
fate of computer IT is often decided.
"The upstart Microsoft and Unix competitor, dubbed 'open source'
because the source code is available for all to see (and alter), is
being used by about 8.8 per cent of Kiwi companies, just behind
Australia on nine per cent, according to research firm IDC New
Zealand. That's up from zero just four or five years ago and
supports a report issued by Wall Street sharebroker Goldman Sachs
"The report, titled Fear the Penguin, concluded Linux would
emerge as the dominant operating system in corporate data centres
in the next few years, beating out established technologies like
Unix and impacting dominant companies like Microsoft..."
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