Saturday, August 9, 2008

Analyst: Ubuntu, Community Distros Ready for the Enterprise

At the LinuxWorld expo in San Francisco, analyst Jay Lyman of the 451 Group spoke about the potential for enterprise adoption of Ubuntu and the impact that community-driven Linux distributions will have on the market.Companies are increasingly choosing free community-driven Linux distributions instead of commercial offerings with conventional support options. Several factors are driving this trend, particularly dissatisfaction with the cost of support services from the major distributors. Companies that use and deploy Linux internally increasingly have enough in-house expertise to handle all of their technical needs and no longer have to rely on Red Hat or Novell, according to Lyman.Procurement practices are evolving overseas, especially in Europe, where distributions like CentOS and Ubuntu are gaining more traction in corporate environments and data centers.

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