"Gartner research published this month found the server OS
market shaping up as a battle between Windows Server and Linux.
Gartner in other research also has found both OSes on a growth
track in terms of revenue. "There still seems to be plenty of
robust interest in deploying on Windows, but Linux is still very
key," says Gartner analyst George Weiss.
"A lot of Linux usage is in Web server applications, but it's
become increasingly common in mission-critical applications, Weiss
notes. But "I don't have an indicator that says Linux is chewing up
the market for Windows," he adds.
"Other forms of Unix continue to fade away in what is becoming a
two-OS choice for IT. "The key here is that really Linux and
Windows are moving away from the pack here and it's becoming a
two-horse race," says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux
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