Linux – it’s no longer on the fringe

Linux had often been thought of as only a technology for the hard core geeks and big businesses, but its quickly gaining incredible market share and being used by more businesses.
Although small businesses should stick to Microsoft Windows for their core, day to day systems, Linux servers can be a cost savings if implemented by an experienced consultant.
Cnet writes Sales of new and used PCs running the Linux operating system will reach $10 billion by 2008, market researcher IDC predicted Wednesday.
About 17 million Linux PCs will be sold that year, bringing the total installed base to 42.6 million, according to the IDC study. And though Linux on PCs still likely will be dwarfed by Windows, IDC forecasts a bigger beachhead: Market share of new and used PCs running Linux is expected to grow from 3 percent in 2003 to 7 percent in 2008.
Much of the industry outside Microsoft is a fan of Linux on desktop and laptop computers. Among companies with Linux PC efforts are Red Hat, Novell, Sun Microsystems, Adobe Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel.
“For competitors and companies still on the sidelines, this forecast should provide additional justification to the market. Linux is no longer a fringe player. Linux is now mainstream,” IDC said in a statement.