"A new report on Linux released this week by Forrester Research
has found that global enterprises are increasingly turning to cheap
Intel-based Linux servers to run a variety of datacenter
applications and, in the process, are replacing both Microsoft
Windows and proprietary Unix platforms.
"The report, which is based on a small sample of North American
enterprise respondents, is titled 'The Linux Tipping Point' and was
authored by Forrester principal analyst Ted Schadler along with
researchers Charles Rutstein, Laura Koetzle, Angela Tseng and Frank
"The report says that three powerful forces will cause Linux to
tip in 2003 and sweep new Unix installs out of the datacenter on
all but the data tier by 2007. These forces are Unix reliability at
Intel prices, falling technology barriers, and commercial support
from high-tech giants. 'Proprietary Unix on RISC will all but
disappear by 2007,' the report predicts..."