Embattled Microsoft found some cheer yesterday from a survey suggesting that it is closing the gap on arch-rival Linux in the web server software market.
The survey, conducted by research group Netcraft, measures 38 million internet-connected machines each month and found that, at the last count, Microsoft's market share had jumped by two million units to 34 per cent of the total market, a leap of five per cent.
Linux-based Apache servers dropped to 54 per cent, with iPlanet servers from Netscape and Sun Microsystems controlling around 2.3 per cent of the market.
Netcraft attributed the large jump to a shift in domain name 'parking services' from Register.com and Network Solutions.
"Network Solutions has been running part of its domain parking system off Windows for some time and has been progressively moving more of its site from a Solaris-Netscape system at [data centre] Digex to a Windows-based system at [data centre] Interland," the Netcraft website said.
Domain names are often 'parked' on a registrar's servers while the site is under construction.
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