The Linux operating system is highly compatible with two hot computing trends: virtualization and cloud computing. Just as the 2001-2002 recession helped usher in Linux as a mainstream solution, virtualization may accelerate Linux usage during and after the current recession. Linux already has a powerful presence in the database and ERP realms. Currently, for every $3 spent worldwide on Windows-based servers, $1 is spent for Linux-based servers. Most organizations either already have Linux servers with critical information to protect or they could soon.
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