Linux Unpopular with Mid-Sized Companies

Support and costs to reconfigure systems keep the open-source OS out in the cold.

While the Linux loyal at love knocking Microsoft, most mid-sized companies are not interested in adopting Linux, a market research study found. Only 10 percent of medium-sized enterprises plan on evaluating Linux within the next three years, according to Info-Tech Research Group.

Of those companies that did not have Linux installed, 48 percent expressed no interest in implementing the operating system, in spite of the growing move towards open source among large companies.

Twenty-seven percent of the mid-sized companies surveyed had Linux installed.

“Although Linux is free, the support for it is not,” says Frank Koelsch, executive vice president of Info-Tech, in a statement. “For smaller organizations that already have a trained Windows-based support staff, adding Linux to the mix can add headcount, complexity and create havoc.”

The findings were part of Info-Tech Research Group’s annual “IT Priorities 2005” report. Over 1,400 companies participated in the survey, which focused on mid-sized enterprises in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For more info on Info-Tech's report, click here.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Apr 16, 2005 Radix Phila, PA

Personally I like Linux. However the findings are very true. For most companies that do not have an existing UNIX infrastructure the added costs (tech support, administration, training ...) are not cost effective. MS is producing more reliable and stable OS's and in the long run corporations with an installed Windows infrastructure are best served by upgrading rather than migrating to LINUX.

Fri, Apr 15, 2005 Linux Master Anonymous

For now

Fri, Apr 15, 2005 Bill the Tropic of Cancer

That Windows looks so cute and hot, I wish the screen would not be blue :-)

Fri, Apr 8, 2005 Linus Antartica

That penguin looks so cute but chilly! I wish I could give it my blanket.

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