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Gartner: Open source on Windows is the future

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The next few years will see many companies opting to mix and match proprietary and open source software where they see fit, according to analyst group Gartner.

Speaking on Thursday at the Midsize Enterprise Summit in Paris, Phil Dawson, Gartner research vice-president, said that the analyst group was increasingly receiving feedback from its clients showing that there is a real growth in companies that want to run open source software stacks on top of Windows, or proprietary software on top of Linux.

"The traditional approach has been an all commercial-Windows stack or a full open source-Linux based stack but these are two extremes of the pendulum. The real growth is in the middle ground," Dawson said.

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