Chinese Linux market reached $11.8 mln in 2005

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 data centers run healthy mix of Unix, Linux and Windows

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 phone shipments up 191% in the first half of 2005

Q2 2005 shipments of Symbian OS phones tripled YTY to reach 7.8 mln (in Q2 2004 only 2.6 mln). Total shipments of Symbian OS phones for the first half of the 2005 totalled 14.5 mln (in H1 2004 only 5.0 mln units), YTY increase of 191%. More Symbian OS phones shipped in H1 2005 than in the whole of 2004. Symbian OS worldwide installed base reaches more than 39 million phones. 54 separate Symbian OS phone models were shipped worldwide from seven licensees (H1 2004 – 23 phone models, 6 licensees). 18 new Symbian OS phone models commenced shipping in first half from Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia and Panasonic. 16 phones of the 54 Symbian OS phones shipping are designed for 3G W-CDMA networks deployed in Europe and in Japan.

Linux revenues to grow at 64% a year in China

According to IDC, Linux server operating environment (SOE) revenues are forecast to account for 6.1% of the entire SOE market in China in 2005. IDC forecasts Linux SOE revenue in China will reach $19.9 mln in 2005 and grow to $117.6 mln by 2009, displaying a robust five-year (2005-2009) compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 64%. In China, government-led initiatives encouraging the adoption of open source software have spurred on intense competition between various factions of the community. According to IDC China, revenues for the locally-sold Linux SOE market in the first half of 2005 are estimated to approach $2.9 mln. The locally-sold market includes Linux SOEs acquired through local channels and OEMs as well as direct from Linux SOE vendors, but does not include Linux SOEs acquired through global OEMs.

Smart device OS market shares: Symbian – 62.8%, Microsoft – 15.9%, PalmSource – 9.5%

Canalys Research presented data on operating system market shares in smart device market. Before Canalys estimated global smart device shipments in Q2 2005.

Worldwide smart mobile device market in Q2 2005

Q2 2005 Q2 2004 YTY
Shipments Share Shipments Share
Symbian 7,648,920 62.8% 2,429,930 41.0% 214.8%
Microsoft 1,931,630 15.9% 1,360,220 22.9% 42.0%
PalmSource 1,157,720 9.5% 1,335,810 22.5% -13.3%
Others 1,447,330 11.9% 807,370 13.6% 79.3%
Total 12,185,600 100.0% 5,933,330 100.0% 105.4%
Source: Canalys Research

Mobile device OS shares: Symbian – 55.9%, Windows – 12.7%, Linux – 11.3%

According to IDC, Symbian dominates the converged mobile device operating system market with a 55.9% share in 2004. Symbian’s share of this market is expected to grow to nearly 60% in 2009. Microsoft Windows Mobile platforms had 12.7% of the market in 2004, with continued growth to 17.3% of the market in 2009. Linux had an 11.3% share in 2004 and is expected to capture nearly 17% of the market in 2009.

21% of Japanese companies and 33% of US companies use open source OS

21% of Japanese companies are currently using open source operating systems, while 22% either have plans to deploy, or are considering plans to deploy them, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan reported. 33% of US companies have adopted open-source OSs. As far as the reasons for switching to open source, 66% said open-source OSs have low initial costs, while 47.8% said the software has low operating costs.

In Q1 2005 48% of business PCs ran Windows 2000, 38% ran Windows XP, 10% ran Windows NT

A study of corporate operating system usage by AssetMetrix shows that Windows XP use surged to 38% by Q1 2005, up from 6.6% in Q3 2003. However, the popularity of Windows 2000 has remained high, with 48% of business PCs running it in Q1 2005, down 4% from Q3 2003. Windows 95 and Windows 98 were reduced from a collective 28% to less than 5%. Windows NT popularity was reduced from 13.5% to about 10%. Windows XP became the most popular operating system for companies with fewer than 250 PCs.

53% of North American companies use Linux

Linux use was reported in 53% of the 500 North American companies surveyed by SG Cowen & Co, TechWeb reports. 7% of the respondents planned to adopt Linux, which was the “most modest” level the company had seen in its survey. The combined use or planned adoption of Linux at 60% was the lowest level since September 2003, when the number was 56%, including 44% having adopted Linux and 12% planning to use the open-source operating system. There was a 10% drop from September 2004, when Cowen reported 56% of companies having adopted Linux and 14% planning to deploy the operating system. 52% of companies planned to increase workloads on Windows servers, versus 7% planning a reduction. For Linux, those numbers were 50% and 10%, respectively.

Linux server sales reached $1.2 bln in Q1 2005

Linux server revenue exceeded $1.2 bln in Q1 2005 as Linux server revenues showed 35.2% growth, IDC says. Worldwide investment in Linux servers for both technical and commercial workloads remains strong as Linux servers continue to expand their presence in data centers around the world. HP maintained its #1 spot in the Linux server market, with 27.7% market share in terms of revenue, while IBM was second with 19.8%.

Fedora Linux grows 122.4% in 6 months on Linux Web hosting market

NetCraft points out Fedora’s winning run as far as leading distribution for the Web hosting market. The company surveyed the number of active sites in September 2004 and March 2005, noticing 122.4% growth for the RedHat-sponsored Linux operating system. Surprisingly at the same time, RedHat’s flagship OS product, RedHat Enterprise Linux, slipped by 1.2%.

 Distribution   Active sites
Sep 2004 
 Active sites
Mar 2005 
Growth Rate 
RedHat 1630382 1610427 -1.2%
Debian 693941 791086 14.0%
Cobalt 619960 516963 -16.6%
SuSE 399031 442908 11.0%
Fedora 182421 405682 122.4%
Mandrake 62972 73459 16.7%
Gentoo 43525 63160 45.1%

Australian handheld market OS shares: Symbian – 44.2%, Microsoft – 36.1%, Palm – 10.6%

Australian smart handheld market grew strongly in Q4 2004, according to IDC. Converged devices accounted for 68.6% of the smart handheld market, achieving 42.7% growth from Q3 2004, while the pen-based device market grew 28.8%. Symbian continued to be the most popular OS with 44.2% of the market. This was followed by Microsoft with 36.1% and Palm with 10.6%. The top five vendors were Nokia with 30.7%, HP with 17.4%, PalmOne 10.6%, O2 with 8.9%, and Motorola with 8.5%.