Linux is likely to become a serious contender in the dedicated server market, giving Microsoft's Windows NT a run for its money, said Dataquest analysts last week.
By 2003, the analysts estimate, Linux servers will account for 14% of server appliance shipments, totalling 1.1 million units worth $1.9 billion (£1.2 billion); and 8.1% of traditional server shipments, or 450,000 units.
Dataquest analyst Kimball Brown said: "A slew of appliance vendors are using Linux rather than other operating systems or Windows NT Embedded, which require licensing fees."
Brown said users will benefit from lower prices because vendors can cut costs by using Linux.
"Not only is Linux free, but the support and continual upgrade of Linux offloads the vendor from having to support its own operating system," Brown explained.
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IBM is preparing to contribute code to the open-source operating system (PC Week, 18 May) and is offering a free 90-day Linux support package for Netfinity servers, a software certification programme, RS/6000 and AS/400 support and an IBM-sponsored Linux training scheme.
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