Linux Adoption Not Slowed by SCO Lawsuit

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By now, you are surely familiar with SCO Group’s lawsuit against IBM for using parts of SCO’s proprietary UNIX code in its open-source Linux. Some have said this is a harbinger of Linux’s demise, while others have reported that SCO is going out on a pretty shaky limb. But how do the IT professionals who work closely with Linux feel about the lawsuit? Are you worried that your Linux skills and knowledge are going to become obsolete?




A new Evans Data survey of Linux developers shows that these IT pros are not worried at all. In fact, only a little more than one in 10 Linux developers believe that the SCO lawsuit will impact the adoption of Linux in their companies. The survey asked 400 developers who focus on Linux development what they think of the SCO lawsuit. More than 70 percent said that the lawsuit will “probably not” or “absolutely not” affect their companies’ decision to use Linux. Only 6 percent of those surveyed were certain that the lawsuit would affect Linux adoption plans at their companies, and another 6 percent believe that the lawsuit is likely to have an affect on their plans.




The survey also showed that those using Linux are finding that it is just as easy to migrate applications from Windows to Linux as from UNIX to Linux. Within six months, 47 percent of Windows application migrations have been completed, and 45 percent of UNIX application migrations have been completed.




The survey also looked at the most popular Linux desktop environments. Notably, KDE has moved ahead of GNOME for the first time. KDE is used by 65 percent of respondents, while 56 percent use GNOME. Many developers use both of the desktop environments.




Finally, the survey showed that developers have no real preference for commercial versions of Linux over non-commercial versions. About 36 percent of developers prefer commercial versions, while 15 percent choose non-commercial. Still, most developers are undecided: 49 percent say it doesn’t matter.




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Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at 

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