"It was not long ago when Microsoft Windows had a tight
stranglehold on the operating system market. Walk into a Circuit
City or Staples, it seemed, and virtually any computer you took
home would be running the most current flavor of Windows. Ditto for
computers ordered direct from a manufacturer. In the last decade,
though, the operating system market has begun to change. Slightly
more than 5% of all computers now run Mac, according to
NetMarketShare.com. Linux is hovering just beneath 1% of the
overall market share in operating systems. And although that might
sound like a small number, Linux is far more than just a fringe OS.
In fact, it's running in quite a few more places than you probably
suspect. Below are fifty places Linux is running today in place of
Windows or Mac. For easy reading, they are divided amongst
government, home, business, and educational usage.
"Business Users of Linux
"Businesses, as well as governments, have slowly begun to
realize the various benefits that Linux and open source software
can provide. In fact, given that costs are more important to the
decision making of businesses than governments, they arguably have
an even greater incentive to check it out. Below are several
businesses that have made the switch or begun making the switch
from Windows to Linux."