OSDL and SD Times Linux Survey Reveals Broad Support from Corporate IT Managers But Shortage of Technical Support

Nearly 60 Percent Already Use Linux, Citing Stability, Cost Savings,

Performance and Security as Top Reasons to Deploy

Jun 16, 2003, 01:00 ET from OSDL

    BEAVERTON, Ore., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- OSDL, a non-profit, global
 consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the
 adoption of Linux, and SD Times, the newspaper of record for the software
 development manager, today released the results of a joint survey on the use
 of Linux in corporations.
     The survey of 8,000* SD Times readers, mostly senior managers at
 corporations with more than 1,000 employees, showed broad and deep use of
 Linux in IT shops even though only a third of the companies had adopted the
 open source operating system as a corporate standard computing platform. The
 survey was published in the June 15, 2003 issue of SD Times.
     "Linux has already won the technical argument and now the challenge is
 making its case to the CIO," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "We found it
 particularly interesting that these managers included stability and security
 among the top five reasons for bringing Linux into their corporate networks.
 These are issues where some proprietary operating systems have suffered from
 well-publicized shortcomings."
     "Linux continues to move from the grass-roots upward," said Alan Zeichick,
 editor-in-chief of SD Times. "Development managers, software architects and
 other important influencers have 'gotten the message' about Linux. Yet it's
 clear that that their companies aren't yet completely sold, with only about
 one out of three enterprises officially supporting Linux as a corporate
 standard platform. The challenge for the industry will be to continue making
 the case that adopting Linux is a smart business decision."
     "These survey findings are consistent with those of our Linux studies over
 the past four years," said Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of system software
 research at industry research firm IDC. "We see a trend of corporations
 considering Linux in more and more areas as a mainstream choice. We also see
 some obstacles for Linux that the open source community, vendors and
 organizations like OSDL are making real progress in addressing."
     Some survey highlights:
     -- 59% of managers have Linux in their IT departments at work
     -- Most popular uses for Linux:
        1. Web servers (64%)
        2. Application servers (51%)
        3. Database servers (46%)
        4. File servers (44%)
        5. Custom application development (43%)
     -- The top reasons to use Linux?
        1. Stability (65%)
        2. Total cost of ownership (63%)
        3. Deployment cost (61%)
        4. Performance 58%)
        5. Security (50%)
     -- Major obstacles to using Linux?
        1. Technical support availability (35%)
        2. Application availability (27%)
        3. Quality of technical support (23%)
        4. Training availability (22%)
        5. Ease to install/deploy (21%)
     -- 34% of corporations officially supported Linux as a standard platform
     -- Where to go for Linux information?
        1. Web/open source community (76%)
        2. Linux operating system vendors (65%)
        3. Technical peers at other companies (58%)
        4. Trade publications (51%)
        5. Systems integrators/consultants (30%)
     About OSDL
     Founded in 2000, OSDL is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption
 of Linux in the enterprise. Supported by a global consortium of IT industry
 leaders, OSDL provides state-of the-art computing and test facilities in the
 United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL
 sponsors include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force
 Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux
 Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Nokia,
 Red Hat, SuSE, TimeSys, Toshiba and VA Software. Visit OSDL on the Web at
     About SD Times
     BZ Media LLC's SD Times is the independent newspaper of record for the
 software development industry. The newspaper, which launched in February 2000,
 is offered free to qualified readers in the United States and internationally.
 SD Times is published twice monthly in identical print and digital editions.
     * On behalf of OSDL, SD Times conducted an email summary of approximately
 8,000 of its readers between May 19 and May 22, 2003 asking them to respond to
 eight questions about Linux in their organizations. SD Times has a circulation
 of 50,000. There were 370 completed responses, for an overall response rate of
 4.6 percent.
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