Enterprise Linux: Has it Arrived?

An analyst from Gartner says that Windows will not suffer on the server side because of Linux, at least over the next five years anyway.

While Linux would account for some $12 billion in worldwide server operating system revenue in five years time, significantly up from the $8.3 billion predicted for 2006, Unix worldwide server operating system revenue was expected to come in at $15.9 billion by 2011, with Windows revenue leading the pack at $22.5 billion, Weiss said.

Security was also not much of a differentiator between Windows, Linux and Unix, Weiss said, noting that by 2011 it was unlikely that Red Hat would become the “Microsoft for Linux,” despite the extraordinary growth rate it has been experiencing.

He said Linux is going through a maturation process, in that 90% of all contributions to the kernel coming from vendors and distributors. And even though Red Hat holds a major share of the distributions, it is facing increased competition from Security was also not much of a differentiator between Windows, Linux and Unix, Weiss said, noting that by 2011 it was unlikely that Red Hat would become the “Microsoft for Linux,” despite the extraordinary growth rate it has been experiencing.

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