Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Jul 2005 12:01 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft surprised many of the attendees at its annual worldwide partner show here this weekend by allowing a third party to present a "hands-on lab" that allowed attendees to play with a range of Linux desktop software. Is Microsoft toning down on its anti-Linux campaign?
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Milo_Hoffman
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2005-07-06

>Funny thing is that Linux is already losing steam. So
>much energy spent, so little forward motion. Microsoft
>could probably do next to nothing and Linux would fizzle
>out on its own accord. Rather pathetic, but very human.

Pffttt.. Your nuts. Please show proof. Linux is increasing in marketshare, and sales at a good clip.

Hell, most large companies are just NOW discovering Linux.

The Linux OEM space is just getting started too, there are lots of solutions vendors that are just now starting to offer Linux solutions to SMB's.

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Arakon Member since:
2005-07-06

That's the interesting thing about Linux and OSS... its free so it's real hard to get "Market Data" on it. You could go by downloads, but that won't give you accurate usage statistics. Honestly I have 3 distros of linux on my desk right now ( I always try out the latest and greatest on the test box). My test box is strictly for playing with new OSs, so its not really used for anything other than. I have 1 Mandrake Linux file-server (that never touches the internet) and 2 win boxes for everything else.

So if someone analyzed my traffic it would look like 2 win boxes only for the most part leaving the other machines on my network as hidden and not counted(ie in-accurate usage data) based on internet traffic.

Thats probably why you won't see many people trying to come up with hard numbers on linux usage. Short of them handing out a questionaire door-to-door that is.

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Emil Member since:
2005-06-29

,,what proof exists that Linux is increasing its market share??''

Hmmm. I knew 5 people how had Linux desktop few years ago. Now I couldn't even count'em. At my first job, there was one Linux based computer. Now I work at place where only 2 computers runs Windows.

I would say that things has changed ,,a little''.

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Milo_Hoffman Member since:
2005-07-06

>Just out of interest Milo, what proof exists that Linux
>is increasing its market share??
>Links??
>Market data??

Sure thing.

"In servers, IDC predicts Linux' market share based on unit sales will rise from 24% today to 33% in 2007...In a survey of business users by Forrester Research, 52% said they are now replacing Windows servers with Linux. On the desktop side, IDC sees Linux' share more than doubling, from 3% today to 6% in 2007, while Windows loses a bit of ground." SOURCE: http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=285


"Linux servers posted their eleventh consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, with year-over-year revenue growth of 35.2% and unit shipments up 31.1%. Customers continue to expand the role of Linux servers into an ever increasing array of workloads in both the commercial and technical segments of the market....Linux server revenue exceeded $1.2 billion in quarterly factory revenue in 1Q05 as Linux server revenues showed 35.2% growth, reaching 10.3% of overall quarterly server revenue - an all-time high, as a percent of total quarterly revenue. Worldwide investment in Linux servers for both technical and commercial workloads remains strong as Linux servers continue to expand their presence in data centers around the world. "
SOURCE: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS00153905



Now don't you feel stupid for saying: "Funny thing is that Linux is already losing steam." I know I feel like your stupid for saying that.

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http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS00153905

"Linux Servers Surpass the $1 Billion Mark in Revenue for the Third Consecutive Quarter

Linux server revenue exceeded $1.2 billion in quarterly factory revenue in 1Q05 as Linux server revenues showed 35.2% growth, reaching 10.3% of overall quarterly server revenue - an all-time high, as a percent of total quarterly revenue. Worldwide investment in Linux servers for both technical and commercial workloads remains strong as Linux servers continue to expand their presence in data centers around the world. HP maintained its number 1 spot in the Linux server market, with 27.7% market share in terms of revenue, while IBM was second with 19.8%."

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rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

Just out of interest Milo, what proof exists that Linux is increasing its market share??

Links??
Market data??


Well, there is all of the IDC reports other people posted above. You can also look at the number of subscriptions to Red Hat Enterpise Linux/RH Network. I don't have a link handy, but I remember reading that at one point recently, Red Hat had 130,000 subscriptions to Red Hat Network, up from 30,000 a year ago. That is just over 400% increase in subscriptions in one year. Now, you minus off let's say 30,000 for renewals, that leaves 100,000 subscriptions. So that is still over 300% growth in new subscriptions. That, plus the fact that Novell has increased licensing for SUSE enterprise server/Open Enterprise Server (despite still taking a loss) and Mandrake has managed to increase sales enough to come out of bankrupcy protection and aquire 2 other companies, I'd say that's proof enough for sales.

Then, you add on cities like Vienna and Munich who are switching to their own custom, Debian based Linux distributions, and I'd say that is proof enough that market share is increasing. Of course, if anyone else has proof to the contrary, please post it.

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