In fact, the picture is always much more complicated with the different platforms occupying positions in all three tiers of an enterprise. Any individual shop may be mostly Unix or mostly Windows in the server room. Inside a shop, the ERP application may have a Unix back-end, while the CRM application might have a Windows back-end. An individual department may be running Linux file and print servers even though the corporate standard is Windows. Many of the moves away from Unix are occurring in those odd areas. But the overall trends are occurring in the context of the major divisions of labor.
What analysts and vendors see happening now is different from what the biggest boosters on each side would prefer. Many Linux purists would like to see Linux eat into Microsoft's market share. Many Microsoft employees would prefer to see Windows work its way into the highest reaches of Unix deployments. Neither side is getting its way. Meanwhile, some observers think that the way operating systems are selected is changing in a fundamental way that will make the operating system itself less and less important.
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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.
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