Gartner: Open Source Server Operating Systems on Par with Proprietary Offerings

Lora Bentley

A new report from Gartner reveals good news and bad news for users of open source server operating systems. The good news: open source OSs -- and Linux in particular -- have caught up with their proprietary counterparts in terms of features offered. The bad news, it seems, is that the increase in features also means an increase in configuration and deployment costs. According to eWEEK:

[B]y 2009, the capabilities of Linux and Unix will no longer be a differentiator in relational database workload performance, 2009, most applications on Unix will run well enough on Linux. But [Gartner analyst George Weiss] also expects the total cost of ownership benefits of deploying Linux to decrease as configurations, infrastructures and administration costs rise.

Also of note in the Gartner report is the indication that Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system will be a "serious competitor to Linux" in the next year. The company acknowledged that goal more than a year ago. If Weiss' prediction proves true, I would guess the war of words that has erupted between Sun's Simon Phipps and Novell's Ron Hovsepian won't be over any time soon.

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