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Linux Gains Ground in SMB Market

Research released last week from AMI-Partners indicates a growing trend toward Linux-based solutions among small and midsize businesses. According to the study a number of factors are contributing to the growth of Linux among SMBs. Reasons cited by the study include:

 

  • Growing acceptance of open source solutions by consumers and in the office
  • The popularity of web-enabled applications and email on Linux. These account for the majority of the software purchases made by companies deploying Linux.
  • Low-cost and reliable solutions available on the Linux platform.
  • Replacing old Windows server boxes with newer Linux server boxes

 

In fact the majority of the growth of Linux as a solution can be attributed the sale of replacement servers. While there are a large number of “first server” purchases, most companies are looking to replace their old servers running some version of Windows Server. In the worldwide market Linux servers are expected to see significant growth between 2005 and 2011, with revenues expanding from $6.9 billion last year to a projected $12.3 billion.

The desktop market has not been left out of the running and huge gains are expected there as well. A study conducted by IDC anticipates desktop Linux seeing gains in revenue hitting $10 billion by 2008.

 



Linux is an operating system developed using what’s known as the Linux Kernel, developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991. The Kernal is the core part of the total operating system which uses a suite of components that comprise the work of the GNU project (pronounced like the animal i.e. guh-new). Components supplied by the GNU project include the operating system’s libraries, compilers, and text editors. For more information about Linux, see the Wikipedia article.

Linux is available in a number of versions referred to as distributions. Two of the most popular distributions of Linux can be found below:

Ubuntu: The name of the Ubuntu distribution of Linux comes from an African word meaning either “humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

SUSE Linux: SUSE Linux is a distribution of Linux sponsored and available through Novell.

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