Linux and Open Source: The 2005 Generation
Source: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols - Posted by Joe Shakespeare   
Security Sometimes people don't know when a revolution has happened until afterwards. Then, the historians tell us that 2004 was the year that open source started to become computing's mainstream.

Sounds hard to believe? Well, IDC analyst Al Gillen recently said that "Linux is no longer a fringe player. Linux is now mainstream." He made that observation because IDC's research predicts that Linux's overall revenue for desktops, servers and packaged software running on Linux will exceed $35 billion by 2008.

That's a lot of money, even by Bill Gates' piggybank standards.

Most of that growth, today, is on servers. As Efrain Rovira, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s worldwide director of Linux marketing, told me a few days back, customers are turning to blades for their server needs and "more than 50 percent are running Linux."

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