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The open source operating system is halfway up the first “technology trigger” phase of Gartner’s Hype Cycle, which charts a technology’s maturity from early adoption to wide acceptance.
While Linux has matured at the lower end, one-to-four processor market, it does not yet have the security or performance muscle to be a datacentre server for mission-critical applications.
Leading-edge companies are still in the early phases of deployment, but Gartner anticipated that improved storage and systems management would quickly boost its commercial usage.
Desktop performance is a mixed bag. While data entry performance is looking promising for Linux, migration costs and unrealistic projections may outstrip real cost benefits for mainstream business use.