Linux war over was most read story on open source blog

It's a six page file from Unisphere Research, created by the same folks who created the 5 Minute Briefing, indicating that, while small companies are moving off Windows, larger ones are moving off Solaris -- but nearly all the server moves are in the direction of Linux.

The most read story on the open source blog this year was last month's link to an IBM-sponsored study with the provocative headline The War is Over and Linux Won.

The evidence was a study, sent by our SOA expert Joe McKendrick, indicating that most enterprise managers plan to increase their spending on Linux next year, and hardly anyone is looking to raise Windows spending.  

Unfortunately I was unable to provide a link, since Joe just sent the study itself, in a PDF file. (It's somewhere around here.) It's a six page file from Unisphere Research, created by the same folks who created the 5 Minute Briefing, indicating that, while small companies are moving off Windows, larger ones are moving off Solaris -- but nearly all the server moves are  in the direction of Linux.

I expected this to be controversial, but I was, frankly, amazed at just how controversial it was. The post drew literally dozens of responses, some with titles such as "The war is over, no it just started." It was like I died and had gone Slashdot. Or Groklaw.

My thanks to everyone who participated in the comments, and all those who read the story. It's your interest that will drive my coverage, and I hope to find more goodies like this one in 2007.

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