Is the Penguin Faltering? "The number of North American outfits trying Linux for the first time is shrinking. One reason: The hidden cost of bringing in consultants
One of the powerful forces propelling the rapid growth of Linux has been the rate at which new customers have been adopting the open-source operating system. But a new report suggests that growth rate could be about to slow.
Investment banking firm SG Cowen & Co. notes that for the first time since it began tracking Linux in its annual survey, the number of companies planning to become first-time users of the software has fallen -- by half. The report, released June 1, asked approximately 500 corporate tech buyers in North America about their spending plans for the next 12 months. Only 7% of outfits with no Linux servers plan to add some over the next year."