Linux Gaining Ground


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Case Code : BSTR042
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1990 - 2003
Organization : IBM - Linux Technology Center, Microsoft
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : ---
Industry : Software

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The Future of Linux and the Open Source Movement

Analysts felt that there were two areas of the software industry that open-source would have trouble penetrating. One was enterprise software that related to a company's core activities.

Companies would hesitate to bet their business on free software, at least until it was backed by heavyweights such as IBM, as Linux was. Enterprise software was also usually built by a tightly knit group of developers within a single company and would be difficult to develop in a decentralized way. Also in the long term, the open source movement would threaten the software industry as volunteer programmers who worked on open source due to interest were not specialized and business applications might be beyond their range. Due to lack of specialized solutions, corporates would face too many risks in shifting to open source programs. Another major problem for Linux, according to analysts, was that of the limited number of applications available for use on the Linux o/s...

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Linux Usage in India
Exhibit II: Time Line of Linux
Exhibit III: Evolution of Windows
Exhibit IV: Comparison of Linux and Windows

 

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