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Linux Adoption To Slow, Say CIOs

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Citing the results of its "CIO Pulse" quarterly survey, investment firm UBS said Tuesday that the rapid rate of adoption of the Linux operating system by businesses is likely to slow in the next year.

More than 90% of the responding CIOs in the survey who are not current Linux users said they would not deploy the open-source operating system in their servers in this calendar year. That number is up from the 87% of those polled who answered in the same way in January of this year and significantly higher than the 60% of similar replies seen in 2006.

"We believe it should be expected that Linux operating system growth will slow from the significant growth rates of the past few years," the study, which was headed by UBS analyst Heather Bellini, concluded.

Those growth rates have reached the high double digits in the recent past, as more business IT departments have moved from proprietary systems such as Unix and Windows to open-source platforms, primarily Linux. The penetration level of Linux among existing customers -- i.e., the portion of businesses' overall server resources represented by Linux -- remains low at around 8%, according to the CIOs surveyed, leading the UBS analysts to assert that "we still see room for a considerable uptick in penetration levels."

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