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Linux starting to deliver says Gartner

Antony Savvas

Linux is now an established enterprise operating system, but it still has to do more to convince users that it is suited for more demanding business areas, analyst Gartner has said in a report.

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Linux 2005 report illustrates how, over the past two years, Linux has matured as an established operating system environment, primarily for one- to four-processor platforms.

However, said Gartner, “for eight-processor platforms and beyond, Linux’s new 2.6 kernel must still demonstrate performance, security and application proof points”.

Gartner said the biggest test for Linux continues to be whether it can function as a data centre server for mission-critical applications.

By the end of 2005, Gartner expects increased commercialisation of Linux, such as improved storage and systems management.

Gartner said that currently, Linux is primarily used for IBM Websphere applications and infrastructure applications on mainframes, web services on blade servers and rack systems, computer clusters and some Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) systems.

On the desktop, Linux’s position is based on its functional use, among other factors. Data entry is the most promising application on the desktop for Linux, said Gartner.


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