Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Open Source Market Forecast: Linux

This report analyses and forecasts Linux software and service revenue opportunities in enterprises and public sector organisations, as well as among individual consumers. We look at both the server and client markets, but exclude the embedded Linux market.

The market for Linux products and services will grow from $2.4 billion in 2007 to $7.7 billion in 2012. Growth will slow down from 36% in 2008 to 17% in 2012. The revenue figures are small compared to other operating system (OS) markets, but the impact of Linux on other OSs will be much more significant than these figures would lead you to believe.

Linux service revenues will grow faster than Linux software revenues. Services will grow from 77% to 81% of the total Linux market between 2007 and 2012, as Linux use becomes more complex. The server market is the main segment of the overall Linux market. This segment accounts for 83% of the market in 2007. However, by 2012, Linuxs importance as a client OS will have grown and, as a result, server-based use of Linux software and services will reduce to 81% of the overall market.

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