With over a billion dollars being spent by CIOs per quarter on Linux hardware alone, it is of vital importance to understand the role and influence of Linux across the whole IT ecosystem. IDC's European IT Fortun, which took place on September 27 and 28, 2004, at the Meridien Montparnasse in Paris, featured a session entitled 'Respect and Influence: Understanding the Role of Linux Across the IT Landscape.'
'Linux is at the heart of a potential move away from the 'horizontally integrated "business model we've been living with for many years in the IT industry," said Martin Hingley, vice president of hardware research for IDC EMEA, and a joint chair of the above session. 'Along with open source software, Linux could help to create a 'diagonally integrated' model where users are more powerful, components better understood and in which standards develop--not just for products themselves, but also for the way in which those products interact.
Linux is truly accepted within the datacenter environment, and the next frontier will be the desktop. 'While it is impossible for Linux products to offer the breadth of functionality of...