Linux faces crucial year

Current discontent among Microsoft customers should prompt users to reconsider alternative operating systems, according to Linux and Unix specialist Caldera.

Kenneth Bergenthal, Asia Pacific managing director for Caldera believes the next 12 months will be key to the growth of Linux in the enterprise space.

"Microsoft's pricing model and IIS server is turning people off. Analysts have said XP will be successful but it will be successful at the expense of its own customers on NT and such."

"I think some [IT managers] will stay with Microsoft and some will diversify and have both in their environment; it is very possible that they can do that. They need to decide what to invest with going forward . . . while protecting their investments. There is nothing wrong with heterogeneous environments as long as they can manage them."

Bergenthal foresees a growth of Linux as a good thing for users and the software and hardware industry.

"If Unix/Linux becomes successful [the software industry] can then go out with their own applications; invent something new. People will then be able to compare who has the best stuff. It will also force Microsoft to step up the quality of its applications."

Linux and Unix currently hold a 41 per cent share of the server market. It is very strong in the Web, Internet, intranet, data hosting and ISP-type of areas.

The credibility of Linux as an alternative operating system has grown of late with a host of vendors, such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Oracle releasing their own versions.

However, Bergenthal does not believe there will be a "breaking out of Linux".

"What you are going to see is the Linux standard base being very strongly supported over the next few months. Linux distribution players and hardware players are all going to get behind it. Even Red Hat will be forced to join some day, they are the only ones that aren't on board. They are trying to segment and their attempt could hurt Linux badly."

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kelly Mills

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?