IDC: Linux to become a billion dollar business
IDC, a market research company, has published an annual study by Al Gillen, program vice president, system software, at IDC, covering the growth of the Linux market during 2008. According to the study, global Linux revenues rose by 23.4 per cent in 2008, reaching $567 million. Gillen says that, with a predicted compound annual growth rate of 16.9 per cent, Linux should become a $1.2 billion business by 2013.
Based on support revenue for 2008, the top two commercial Linux companies were Red Hat, with a market share of approximately 65 per cent, and Novell, with about 30 per cent. According to Gillen, both of the companies are expected to continue growing, however, he also notes the increasing trend of commercial Linux server licenses being deployed without a support contract. For Red Hat and Novell to continue to grow, they need to be able to sell support contracts with each of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) licenses.