Linux shipments are predicted to grow faster than the total shipments of all other client or server operated environments, according to a report from IDC.
The research company estimates Linux commercial shipments will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 per cent from 1999 through to 2003, compared with a 10 per cent CAGR for all other client operating environments and a 12 per cent CAGR for all other server operating environments combined.
Throughout this year, IDC said it expects more and more application vendors to port their offerings to Linux and hardware vendors to continue to expand their available product lines running Linux for server side projects.
The company said it also believes that some desktop initiatives including an improved graphical user interface (GUI) and increased desktop application availability have the ability to trigger interest in Linux as a desktop operating system towards 2003.
Dan Kusnetsky, program director with IDC's operating environments research division, commented: "It is clear that Linux has a strong future as a server operating environment. Its ability to support Web based applications is well proven. Strong success on the client, however, requires more than a Windows like user interface."
Linux received the thumbs up from a range of companies at the Cebit trade show in Hannover earlier this month. SAP revealed plans to ship its first R/3 business suite running on Linux to customers in the third quarter of this year.(see Newswire 19 March)
Companies backing SAP's initiative included Compaq, Hewlett Packard and IBM.
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