Windows XP will be running on nearly 75% of PCs worldwide by the end of 2006. Windows Vista’s release is planned for early 2007, and by the end of 2007 will be running on less than 10% of machines in the installed base, Gartner reports.
The Diffusion Group forecasts that Linux will surpass SymbianOS marketshare in smartphones by 2010 with 26.6% of the market.
According to the Yankee Group, only Unix-based operating systems beat Windows on uptime. Windows 2003 Server led Red Hat Enterprise Linux with nearly 20% more annual uptime. On average, individual enterprise Windows, Linux, and Unix servers experienced 3 to 5 failures per server per year in 2005, generating 10 to 19.5 hours of annual downtime for each server.
Windows XP will be running on more than 70% of PCs worldwide by the end of 2006. The Windows Vista release is being delayed until early 2007, and by the end of 2007 it will be running on less than 8% of machines in the installed base, according to Gartner.
IT outsourcing revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will rise from $58 bln in 2003 to $90.9 bln in 2009 at a compound annual growth rate of 6.8%. Infrastructure and application outsourcing continue to be growth areas, Gartner says.
PCs running Windows XP Media Center OS now dominate the market, accounting for 60% of desktops sold in US retail, Current Analysis says.
According to IDC, China’s Linux market revenue reached $11.8 mln in 2005, up 27.1% over 2004. 2005 saw a steady growth in the China Linux market, brought about mainly by the huge volume of government procurements and large-scale SCO Unix replacement by major banks and industrial projects such as Telecommunication and Internet cafes. IDC forecasts China’s Linux market will grow at a CAGR of 34.0% from 2006 to 2010, and reach $51.1 mln by 2010.
40% of IT managers surveyed by Gartner said their data centers comprised mainframes running Unix, Linux and Windows. 14% said they had a mainframe with just Unix and Windows, 4% were running Windows on a mainframe, and just 1% had a mainframe running Unix only. 24% said they were running with Unix, Linux and Windows but without a mainframe. 10% of the total group questioned were running Unix and Windows but not running any mainframe systems, 3% were using Windows and Linux in a mainframe-free environment, and only 4% were running Windows without mainframe hardware.
Symbian had 51% market share of the mobile OS market at the end of 2005, down from 56% in 2004, The Diffusion Group says. Linux came in second at 23%, which was double its 2004 share of 11.3%. Microsoft came in third upping its 2004 market share of 12.6% to 17%. By 2010, Windows will hold the lead at a projected 29%, trailed by Linux at 26% and Symbian at 22%.
Embedded Linux is on the path to become a $100 million market in 2005, according to Venture Development Corp.