Survey: Linux Outpaces Generic Open-source Software Adoption

From Computerworld UK - Forrester Research has concluded a 2,250 "software decision maker" survey, one which specifically targeted questions relating to open-source software and the Linux operating system, that open-source software adoption lags significantly behind Linux deployments as a mainstream OS. Concerns over service, support and security are the biggest hindrances, according to the report.

On a positive note, there is considerable interest in adopting open-source software for enterprise apps. However, the mental stigma and, in many instances, personal experience, are still there in force keeping companies from taking the plunge. Concerns over data loss, corruption, security holes resulting in theft, piracy, etc., remain paramount.

Forrester concluded that CIOs and IT directors need to be more aware of the open-source software which might already be present in their IT environments. For example, if they use Java then there is almost a 100% chance that at some level there is open-source software.

Forrester surveyed 2,250 software decision makers from Europe (33%) and North America (67%). The survey ran from July, 2007 through September and involved 45% enterprises, the rest small-to-mid sized businesses. Forrester Research is a paid analyst/research firm that investigates trends in the business market spaces. Their interest in open-source software follows an observable trend across several previously closed-source only shops, such as Intel and Microsoft. The adoption of open-source philosophies in recent quarters is a very exciting trend to see from the major players.

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