Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 20:23 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Hardware, Embedded Systems IDC's newest survey of server vendors shows boxes running every kind of operating system -- except Unix -- sold more during the last three months of 2010. Sales of Linux servers rose 29 percent; Windows rose 16.8 percent, but most surprisingly, sales of mainframes shot up 69 percent " the highest growth rate IDC ever found on mainframes.
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RE[2]: How accurate can this be?
by reflect on Fri 4th Mar 2011 12:28 UTC in reply to "RE: How accurate can this be?"
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Good luck installing a free distro on a mainframe or even a big workstation. Even when possible, like for ProLiant/HP Zseries or PowerPC/SPARC servers, you lose your warrenty if you do that, you can't have support when you need it. This is just not an option for most managers buying these things.

You don't lose your warranty. At best you might lose some OS support from the vendor, if they even have that, but anyone going this route would get support from the community, hiring a company with techs for that particular OS or having the support in-house.

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You lose driver support too, and its the main problem

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