Linux for smartphones to grow at 75% a year

Over the next 5 years, Linux is expected to be the fastest growing Smartphone OS with a compound annual growth rate in excess of 75%. By 2012, a recent study from ABI Research forecasts the Linux-based OS to account for nearly 31% of all smart devices in the market, representing more than 331 mln cumulative shipments over the same period.

More CIOs are disinterested in Linux

Last year 87% of CIOs who weren’t using Linux told UBS that they were not going to start using this OS. In 2007, the percentage went up to 90%, UBS says. Windows machines had 80% market share of deployed machines, up from 62% in January 2007. The market share of Unix machines dropped from 28% to 13%, largely as a result of companies moving from Unix to Linux. Interest in hosted CRM applications has increased from 33% to 62%; most respondents expect to roll out Windows Vista in the second half of 2008; and nearly 70% of CIOs expect IT spending to increase in 2007, regardless of macro-economic trends and events.

80% of business PCs do not support premium Vista installs

79.9% of businesss machines do not match Microsoft’s recommended requirements for premium-ready PCs to be upgraded to Vista, Everdream says. The biggest obstacle to a smooth transition to the new operating system is the amount of random access memory (RAM) the computers contain. Microsoft requires a baseline of 512 MB of RAM but recommends 1 GB; a mere 30% of the desktops surveyed meet the latter figure. 69.5% of machines do not have the required RAM. 62.4% of machines do not have the required hard drive. 18.4% of machines do not have the required free hard drive space. 6.7% of machines do not have the required processor speed. 79.9% of machines do not meet at least one of the above listed requirements. 93.8% of companies have at least one machine that does not meet the above requirements.

127 mln mobile devices to run Linux by 2012

ABI Research forecasts that by 2012, more than 127 mln devices will be enabled with a commercial Linux OS, up from 8.1 mln in 2007. Additionally, device shipments that incorporate Linux as an RTOS replacement are set to grow to more than 76 mln units in 2012, up from nearly zero in 2007.

Point of sale systems up 8% in 2006 in North America

The PC-based point-of-sale (POS) market in North America experienced an 8% shipment increase in 2006, says IHL Consulting Group. Replacements by retail giants like Kroger and Wal-Mart generated the majority of shipments for the Grocery, Supercenter and Mass Merchant segments. Windows XP Embedded shipments grew by 242%, and shipments of WEPOS (Windows Embedded for Point of Service) grew by 80%. Pep Boys, Burlington Coat Factory and Circuit City helped to grow the Linux installed base by 44% in 2006.

Linux server shipments up 15.3% in Q4 2006

After two consecutive quarters of single-digit revenue growth, Linux server revenue growth accelerated once again, growing 15.3% to $1.8 bln when compared with Q4 2005. Linux servers now represent 11.9% of all server revenue, up more than 1 point over Q4 2005. However, after eighteen quarters of double digit shipment growth, Linux server shipments declined 0.8% YTY as IT consolidation extends its reach into the open source domain.

Server market in 2006
  2006 2005 Growth
Vendor Sales Share Sales Share YTY
IBM $17,159 32.8% $16,890 32.9% 1.6%
Hewlett-Packard $14,246 27.2% $14,183 27.7% 0.4%
Sun Microsystems $5,631 10.8% $4,878 9.5% 15.4%
Dell $5,375 10.3% $5,260 10.3% 2.2%
Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens $2,691 5.1% $2,904 5.7% -7.3%
Others $7,182 13.7% $7,169 14.0% 0.2%
All Vendors $52,285 100.0% $51,283 100.0% 2.0%
Source: IDC

90% of all new user PCs to have Vista in 2007

During calendar year 2007, Windows Vista Home products are projected to account for 90% of new Windows client operating environments deployed by home users. By comparison, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise will account for 35% of the new Windows client operating environments deployed by business users. During the second full year of availability, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise will grow to account for 80% of new deployments. On the business front, 82% of Windows Vista deployments are expected to be the Business edition, while the remaining 18% will be Windows Vista Enterprise. Through 2010, IDC forecasts Windows client operating environments to experience a 2005-2010 CAGR of 8.2%, leading to a total in excess of 200,000 annual shipments of Windows COEs in 2010.

Server market in Q3 2006: Windows servers up 4.6%, Unix down 1.7%

Microsoft Windows servers continued to show nice growth as revenues grew 4.6% YTY. Significantly, quarterly factory revenue of $4.8 bln for Windows servers represented the largest single segment of the server market, gaining nearly 3.0 points of revenue share sequentially. Linux server revenue was $1.5 bln for the quarter as growth continues to moderate, with YTY revenue growth of 5.4%. Although Linux servers now represent 11.8% of all server revenue, revenue growth for the quarter was approximately one sixth the growth rate observed in Q3 2005 as volume market growth moderates and YTY compares become more difficult. Unix servers experienced a 1.7% decline in factory revenue YTY. Worldwide Unix revenues of more than $3.9 bln for the quarter represented 30.1% of overall quarterly factory revenue, IDC says.