Thursday, January 13, 2005

Linux misperceptions the greatest challenge: Novell

12 January, 2005
by Liam Lahey

A recent AMI-Partners Inc. report which stated "user challenges and a dearth of applications continue to hinder the growth of Linux servers and on the desktop" prompted one Novell executive to counter that point-of-view.

As reported in eChannelLine on Jan. 10, AMI-Partners said the open source technology has gained legitimacy from vendors such as Red Hat, HP, Novell and IBM. The end result: Small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the planet are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years.

AMI-Partners, a NYC-based consulting firm specializing in IT, Internet, telecom and business services market intelligence, trends, and strategy with a focus on global SMBs, said growth would be particularly strong in Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source.

The "Worldwide SMB Linux Forecast" stated that on a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 million to 2.7 million businesses -- a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 per cent. ...

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