March 1, 2004

Linux builds as global server sales jump

Global server shipments jumped in the last three months of 2003, with Linux growth continuing to heat up.

According to analyst IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, worldwide server unit shipments grew by 22 per cent compared with the same period
during the previous year.

Favourable exchange rates were one factor leading to the very strong quarterly results, but the analyst stressed that the market grew three per cent
without this help.

Linux servers were identified as one of the hottest growth sectors, generating $960m in quarterly revenues and showing 63.1 per cent growth



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