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What's Next For Linux? Unifying The OS Amid Steady Change

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| What's next for linux? There's no simple answer because Linux isn't a single 
| entity but a galaxy of implementations and possibilities. The Linux  
| kernel--version, to be precise--is at the center of it all, with the 
| operating system continuously morphing into new shapes.  
| Two forces in particular are driving changes to Linux. One is a push to 
| develop Linux into a standard, more predictable platform for developers and 
| users. The other is to leverage Linux, and open source in general, as mediums 
| through which innovation gets delivered to users.   



Open source market forecast - Linux - New Research Report on Companies and

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| The market for Linux products and services will grow from $2.4 billion in
| 2007 to $7.7 billion in 2012. Growth will slow down from 36% in 2008 to 17%
| in 2012. The revenue figures are small compared to other operating system
| (OS) markets, but the impact of Linux on other OSs will be much more
| significant than these figures would lead you to believe.



Linux Market to Triple by 2012

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| Analyst firm Research and Markets has just put out a project on Linux-based
| server and client hardware sales, and is projecting that the market will more
| than triple between 2007 and 2012.  
| A market for a platform is not the same as an ecosystem for it, which is much
| larger in that it includes the cost of people and third-party software and
| services for the code that runs atop the platform. So the R&M Linux market
| numbers might seem a little small. In any event, the consultancy pegged the
| Linux product and services market for Linux running on servers and clients
| (but not embedded systems) at $2.4 billion in 2007.    


2010: Russia's open software market to grow 4-fold

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| Analysts note that Linux vendors are traditionally present on the mobile
| device market. According to forecasts the OS might become the leader in
| the segment accounting for 40% of it by 2010. ?Currently the share of
| mobile devices with Linux OS is not big in Russia as compared to other
| countries, such as China, for instance. However, the producer's policy,
| Nokia in particular testifies to the fact the situation is changing
| for the better", Ms. Karaeva concluded.

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