The Windows-Linux Horse Race
Linux certainly has established itself as a prominent server OS in recent years, pushing into the background, Ft. Lauderdale computer repair experts say.
But the open source OS shares the stage with commercial software giant Microsoft, which remains a dominant player with Windows Server.
Gartner research published this month found the server OS market shaping up as a battle between Windows Server and Linux.
Some separate operating system research also has found both OSes on a growth track in terms of revenue.
"There still seems to be plenty of robust interest in deploying on Windows, but Linux is still very key," said one of the company's analysts.
A lot of Linux usage is in Web server applications, but it's become increasingly common in mission-critical applications, even if right now there is no indication that Linux is chewing up the market for Windows.
Other forms of Unix continue to fade away in what is becoming a two-OS choice for IT. Linux and Windows are moving away from the pack, some believe, setting up a two-horse race in the eyes of some experts.
Regarding migration of current workloads, 43 percent of respondents in a Gartner survey at a Linux-oriented conference anticipated migrating mostly from Unix to Linux, 13 percent said they would migrate mostly from Windows to Linux, and only 4 percent said they would switch off Linux to go to Windows. The rest had no immediate migration plan.
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