The desktop figures are questionable.
Market research companies use raw data based on hardware shipped with
OEM software. However there are users running dual boot systems and
users overwriting OEM Windows with Linux, BSD, Solaris x86 and so on.
Researchers are not deducting such "idle" Windows from total shipments.
The server market is driving the most important changes. Linux has a
respectable market share. Oracle deployed Linux on its datacenter and
then released a customized version for desktop use. IBM is adopting a
The corporate market relies on mature and solid systems. Some distros
are backed by heavy weight organizations, pouring human and monetary
resources to ensure a strong and sustained Linux growth. They need
security for their investments.
The links bellow show big companies running massive ERP and CRM
applications on Linux. Their dimension is a strong sign of current
levels of Linux credibility and reliability.
Server consolidation will lead to desktop adoption. Big companies have a
top-down approach. Users will become familiar with Linux and install it
at home too. It will take a while, but it will happen.
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