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Users should delay Linux move, analysts advise

The Yankee Group's latest survey shows that only 4% of Unix users and 10% of Windows users have any desire to switch to Linux, according to the latest survey by The Yankee Group.

Called "Linux, Unix and Windows TCO Comparison, Part 2", it advises corporations to delay a Linux migration - or any software migration - "until they can satisfactorily answer how a software operating system migration, upgrade or wholesale switch to another platform can deliver tangible technology benefits, better return on investment (ROI) and improve the total cost of ownership (TCO)".

However, The Yankee Group's TCO and ROI research did show that Linux "has significant momentum and the support of impassioned developers and industry giants such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle".

"Additionally, the list of Linux distributors and third-party ISVs joining established suppliers, such as Red Hat, Novell, Debian and others, is growing monthly," the report said.

"Our conversations with end-users cemented the Yankee Group's belief that no operating system is right for everyone," said Yankee analyst Laura DiDio. 

Users have to make a realistic assessment of their existing software operating system infrastructure, she added.

"For many large enterprises with significant financial investments and embedded physical and services and support infrastructure, it is not fiscally feasible or technically advantageous to discard Windows," she said.

Written by LinuxWorld staff


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