Linux faces long climb to the top

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Linux faces long climb to the top

Linux is still up to five years away from hitting the business mainstream, according to analyst firm Gartner.
 
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.

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