Microsoft has often made the claim, one I've repeated, that the growth of Linux was coming at the expense of Unix much more than from Windows. However, comparing the lower growth rate of Windows versus Linux and the virtually equivalent percent of Linux usage growth coming from Windows and Unix migrations, it's difficult to ignore the impact of Linux on the Windows franchise.
To make matters worse for Microsoft, 69 percent of respondents claimed that Linux would be used for mission-critical workloads over the next 12 months.
Management perceptions can be hard to change
When asked about the drivers for adopting Linux, there was a virtual tie between lower total cost of ownership, features/technical superiority, and security, with each receiving more than 60 percent of respondents' selections (they were allowed multiple selections).
With those results as a backdrop, I found it interesting that 40 percent of respondents claimed that management perception of Linux was impeding further growth of Linux at the company. It would be great to know what these perception issues are. This is especially true because functionality and security are often held up as areas of concern for open source products in general. And yet, respondents claimed that functionality and security were the No. 2 and No. 3 reasons, respectively, for adopting Linux over alternatives.
The Harvard Business Review recently wrote, based on Gartner data, that open source software was reaching a tipping point, and from that it's fair to conclude the tipping point is well behind us. That's certainly the case for Linux, whose tipping point is a distant memory. Yet outdated perceptions about Linux, and maybe open source in general, may remain barriers for years to come.
What about you? Is your management still holding on to outdated perceptions about Linux?
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