Linux is the fastest growing operating system, used from desktops to the most demanding data centers. According to IDC reports, Linux enjoyed year-to-year growth of nearly 50% in 2003. By 2008, they estimate that 29% of all servers will run Linux, and they project a 44% compound annual growth rate in Linux desktops.
According to an Information Week survey, Linux is now the dominant manifestation of open source. Nearly 70 percent of 420 business-technology professionals surveyed already use the operating system. Three-quarters of those using Linux on some of their companies' servers chose it for its performance capabilities and reliability.
If the world were as Microsoft states, Linux would not be the world's fastest growing operating system, ISVs would not be writing to it in ever increasing numbers, partners would not be looking to sell it, and Microsoft would not have put a revenue caution related to Linux in their latest SEC filing. These, however, are the real facts.
Customers making any purchase to run a business–be it technology or other equipment– need to make decisions on an individual basis, taking into account their specific needs. This holds true for the purchase decision of Linux and OSS. In some instances, it may not make sense to implement Linux or OSS for certain parts of a business while it is a perfect fit in other areas. Just make sure you rely on all the facts to make an educated decision–not on rhetoric from vendors trying to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) in the marketplace.