[News] [News] Forrester: GNU/Linux Desktops Set to Grow, Desktop Linux Has Already Arrived

[News] [News] Forrester: GNU/Linux Desktops Set to Grow, Desktop Linux Has Already Arrived

Post by Roy Schest » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:35:27

orrester Calls Desktop Linux a Credible Threat to Windows

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| Linux is becoming a credible threat to Windows on the desktop, and will grow
| over the next year as its distributors continue to work hard at making it an
| enterprise-class offering, research group Forrester predicts.
| [...]
| "The high volume of client inquiries for Linux on the desktop clearly
| indicates it's not going away any time soon. Expect Linux to experience
| growth over the next year as the distributors work hard to make it an
| enterprise-class offering,"


New Day Dawning for Desktop Linux?

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| Has the time for desktop Linux finally arrived? One relevant data point is
| that Wal-Mart has sold out of the Everex gPC, a Google-friendly, Linux-based
| PC priced at $199.



Vista Aiding Linux Desktop, Strategist Says

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| For example, a number of companies have moved back to Windows XP after
| deploying Vista, Crawford said, before quoting Scott Granneman, an author,
| entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as
| saying, "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your
| Windows box, you just have to work on it."


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| Okay, now lets tie this all back in together. Novell claimed several months
| back in a video ad that Desktop Linux users accounted for upwards of
| 30,000,000 different people. That's 30 million. Recent statements made by
| some Novell representatives indicate that they expect there are upwards of
| 50,000,000 Desktop Linux users. Microsoft has never contested the number of
| Desktop Linux users, and if anything the deal Microsoft signed with Novell
| was tacit agreement that Microsoft believed those numbers to be accurate.


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.


Measuring Linux and Open Source

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| How do you measure success?
| This question is often asked in the Linux business and development
| communities, with various answers given: "the number of servers in
| the enterprise," "the number of desktop deployments," "or the number
| of new bugs found in Vista today."
| Measuring success is a matter of definition, and therefore it can be
| a hard thing to pin down. And, it seems, the challenges of measurement
| go a lot deeper than something as subjective as "success."


Linux Users Base More Than doubled Over Last One Year: Survey

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| The number of Linux users has more than doubled over the last one year, says
| a new survey by DesktopLinux.com. The survey also said Ubuntu remains their
| Linux distribution of choice.


Survey: Desktop Linux use grows

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| DesktopLinux.com, which