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OS X more appealing than desktop Linux: Gartner

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OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner.

In a report published by Gartner this week titled Enterprise Mac Clients Remain Limited, but Apple's Appeal is Growing, analysts Michael Silver, Neil MacDonald, Ray Wagner and Brian Prentice, said that administrators will most likely have to prepare for more Mac systems in their environment even though OS X is "not a suitable enterprise wide platform".

Gartner said that as the penetration of OS X increases, it is unlikely to mean less Windows PCs: "In many instances, Macs are replacing Unix and Linux workstations, rather than Windows PCs". OS X is a unix-based system.

The report predicts that Windows will be unrivalled on the desktop for the near future because currently, 70 percent of enterprise applications require Microsoft's OS.

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