Why customers are flocking to Linux
According to a Butler Group report, 'Linux in the Enterprise: A Viable Alternative for Server and Desktop Operating Systems?' September, 2004, the successful emergence of Linux to capture a "significant share of the enterprise server market" has led some members of the vendor community to "hotly dispute the actual figures."
Hot disputes aside, when a technology goes from a student project in 1991 to being part of Charles Schwab's solution to reduce processing times by 90 percent in 2004-something is working.
It might be time to look beyond the numbers to the advantages Linux provides its practitioners to understand Linux growth.
The advantages of Linux are: Flexibility, Security, Reliability, Total value and Future value; let us examine these in turn.