More Linux Users Means Higher Returns for Red Hat

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Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan said the LinuxWorld expo in San Francisco has reinforced his firm's conviction on the Linux open source market, and that what's good for Linux is also good for leading open-source provider Red Hat.

More users are using Linux as opposed to UNIX, says Rangan, and of those users, more are running so-called mission critical applications - applications whose failures could seriously handicap a business - on Linux.

Rangan found that enterprises that used to implement Linux at the edges of their networks - for firewalls, proxies, web servers, etc. - are now running programs like databases and applications on Linux.

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