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LinuxWorld Australia: Linux Deepening its Canadian Foothold

Jul 23, 2003, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The Linux hype machine has been around long enough to allow Canadian IT managers to kick the proverbial tires--and they like what they see, according to one industry observer.

"During a Web briefing last month, Toronto-based IDC Canada Ltd. senior software analyst Warren Shiau painted a favorable picture of current Linux trends and its growing viability within IT. While Linux still struggles under limited availability, slow independent software vendor support and undercooked marketing strategies, Shiau noted the technology has established a respectable foothold within the enterprise.

"Canada currently runs counter to worldwide Linux trends, Shiau noted. The global figures point to growing Linux adoption largely in the private sector, particularly in software development, technology services and telecommunications. But Canada is witnessing the fastest Linux adoption in the government, education and public sectors, Shiau added..."

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