Linux adoption picks up
Linux is finding its way into enterprises. Increased support from vendors like IBM and HP is helping Linux move into mission critical deployments.
The search for niches is over. The gap between a wider presence and higher business margins is closing slowly and surely. While Linux tightens its talons into almost every area of existing technology, it has emerged as a clear profit earner for the vendors, SIs and ISVs involved.
The respect these diasporic cliques of freelance codemun-chers command today is unprecedented in software development history. Where the user value predomina-tes over sales value, the possi-bilities of Linux and other open source technologies have been limitless.
Almost all verticals of Indian industry are ready for Linux adoption. However the banking, financial services and government markets have been leaders in adopting Linux. The retail segment is also gaining ground quickly, along with verticals ranging from telecommunications to media and entertainment. Academia is another segment where Linux has gained a lot of traction.