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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Articles like this never make it very clear that the "server market" they're talking about are strictly related to commercial sales of server OS'es and *not* about any servers running free OS'es. Considering the Linux "market leader" in such commercial sales is Red Hat and they charge quite a high fee for RHEL, it's hardly surprising that there was indeed a limit to how much people were willing to spend on server OS'es, especially for Linux variants which generally have the rep of being "free".

I think it's quite disingenous to quote just commercial sales figures for server OS'es because I can bet that for every one commercial Linux server OS installed, there's 10 free Linux server OS'es installed elsewhere, especially for small companies that may not be able to afford the high RHEL fees.

Also don't forget that some servers "have" to be shipped with Windows 2003 in the same way that desktops "have" to be shipped with Vista (or XP if you're luckier). So even if you wipe Windows and install Linux, that's still counted +1 for windows and +0 for Linux server sales...

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And how they count it?
Red Hat sells service, not linux alone.
Linux is way cheaper and upgrade is free.
They count several times windows servers as each upgrade generate revenue, while only one Linux installation may (or may not) generate revenue for Red Hat.
At the end of the day, they don't explain how they calculate their number, so as far as I can say, it's total crap.

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