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Linux Enters the Mainstream

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A few short years ago, Linux believers thought the free and open software system would topple the Microsoft Goliath like a modern-day David. That didn't happen. But neither was Linux crushed underfoot.

"A new tone of sobriety and caution has entered much of the industry analysis surrounding the Linux market," says Steve Butler, Senior Analyst at eMarketer and author of the Linux: Usage and Trends report. "Industry observers have taken a more level-headed approach to analyzing its prospects and defining the surrounding opportunity, and it is now clear that Linux is here to stay."

A sign of that acceptance is the the number of SMBs that expect to be running Linux. A survey by Evans Data found that more than 25% of SMBs expect to be running Linux on more than one-quarter of their servers by 2006.

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