Mid-Sized Businesses Not Hot on Linux, Study Shows

When it comes to Linux, many small and mid-sized businesses are saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” A new independent survey conducted by Info-Tech Research Group, which involved more than 1,400 firms that report $1 billion or less in annual revenue, showed that 48 percent had no interest in considering the open-source operating system anytime in the near future.

“That was somewhat surprising to us,” said Frank Koelsch, Info-Tech’s executive vice president of corporate strategy and research. “Only 10 percent of respondents said they would evaluate Linux in the next three years. Fourteen of the respondents said they didn’t know. When we look at the response set, if we add the 48 and 14 percent, that would be roughly 62 percent that are generally not interested in Linux.” He added that 27 percent of participants in the study said they had installed Linux as either a primary or secondary operating system.

“It would be higher in the Fortune 1000 companies,” he said of the approximately one-quarter of respondents using Linux. “Almost all of these companies would have a Microsoft operating platform and are bringing in Linux as a second operating platform. We’re finding Linux is used for e-mail platforms and as an open database platform for non-mission-critical applications like MySQL. There are specifically good applications for Linux in a multi-operating-system environment.”

Koelsch, whose company uses both Microsoft Windows and Linux, believes that most of these companies have taken a business-oriented approach in their evaluation of the latter…



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