Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Oct 2007 05:34 UTC, submitted by WillM
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Experts say that migrations from Unix to Linux have slowed down because all the low-hanging fruit has now been picked. Linux growth in the U.S. x86 server market has, over the past six quarters, started to falter and reverse its positive course relative to Windows Server and the market as a whole." More here.
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by evad on Fri 26th Oct 2007 06:07 UTC
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Maybe what IDC are saying *might* be true. However IDC are just looking at the operating systems shipped on x86 servers. This doesn't mean as much as you'd think since it's nice and easy to remove Windows and install Linux, or a BSD, or Solaris or something. It is also only x86 servers. It also ignores, as the article suggests, virtualization.

Further I don't really believe IDC could possibly document every sale of every x86 server in the world. I'd would further like to ask IDC how many servers are sold without any operating system at all since many choose to run a Unix that you simply can't "buy".

Red Hat and Sun's results seem to suggest the opposite of what IDC is saying. More and more people are buying Red Hat Enterprise subscriptions and Sun seem to say the same thing about their Solaris services. Is this not a better indicator of success of the Linux and Unix "market"? (As if we cared about competing with Windows Server anyway?)

Edited 2007-10-26 06:09

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