Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years. Growth will be particularly strong in key Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source. On a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 mln to 2.7 mln businesses ? a compounded annual growth rate of 18%, according to Access Markets International.
Linux desktop shipments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 39% over the five-year forecast period on a worldwide basis. Linux desktop installed-base growth will be driven primarily by MBs and larger SBs over the forecast period, advancing at a rate of 23%. On a worldwide basis 4% of PC-owning SMBs are expected to adopt Linux, representing 6% of the SMB desktop installed base by 2008. Server shipments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 34%, accounting for approximately 6% of the total SMB server installed base by 2008.