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Open source market forecast: Linux Product Image

Open source market forecast: Linux

  • ID: 575362
  • February 2008
  • 36 pages
  • Ovum

This report analyses and forecasts Linux software and service revenue opportunities in enterprises and public sector organisations, as well as among individual consumers. We look at both the server and client markets, but exclude the embedded Linux market.

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 service revenues will grow faster than Linux software revenues. Services will grow from 77% to 81% of the total Linux market between 2007 and 2012, as Linux use becomes more complex. The server market is the main segment of the overall Linux market. This segment accounts for 83% of the market in 2007. However, by 2012, Linux’s importance as a client OS will have grown and, as a result, server-based use of Linux software and services will reduce to 81% of the overall market.

Table of contents

Key messages

Linux is old hat
Linux benefits from virtualisation
Linux is becoming a software appliance OS
Linux vendors need to tackle the virtualisation challenge
The top two vendors will consolidate their position

Market overview

Market definition
Market forecast
Market drivers
Market barriers

Linux as a server OS

Market segments
Market forecast
Market drivers
Market barriers
Linux as a mainframe server OS
Linux as an enterprise/business unit server OS
Linux as a departmental/SMB server OS

Linux as a client OS

Market segments
Market forecast
Linux as a single-function client OS
Linux as a limited-function client OS
Linux as a multi-function client OS

Table of figures

Figure 1 Worldwide Linux market: 2007-2012
Figure 2 Linux market by company type: 2007-2012
Figure 3 Linux market by region: 2007-2012
Figure 4 Vendor consolidation: 2007-2012
Figure 5 Linux as a server OS versus client OS: 2007-2012
Figure 6 Linux as a server OS: software versus service revenues: 2007-2012
Figure 7 Linux as a server OS by OS server segment: 2004-2009
Figure 8 From an infrastructure OS to an application OS: 2007-2012
Figure 9 Percentage infrastructure versus application revenues by server OS segment: 2007-2012
Figure 10 Linux as a client - mostly a limited function one: 2007-2012
Figure 11 Linux as a multi-function client - enterprises to overtake consumers: 2007-2012

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