Linux Still a Hit in China
Linux continues to make inroads into China according to the latest market research.
A new report from Beijing-based CCID Consulting pegs Linux operating sales revenues up by nearly 31 percent in the first quarter of 2007 to 31 million Yuan (just over US$4 million), as compared to the same period a year prior.
CCID's numbers are close to those of IDC, which, in its "China Linux 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis" report last year, pegged the compound annual growth rate for 2006 to 2010 of Linux in China to be 34 percent, bringing revenues to $51.1 million.
Linux's share of the overall operating systems market in China remains smaller than either Windows or Unix, according to CCID. For Q1 2007 the total operating system sales revenue in China was reported to be 1.234 billion Yuan (US$160 million). All told Linux in China represents only 2.5 percent of the operating systems market, excluding embedded systems.
The biggest user of Linux in China according to CCID is the government of China.