Feeds

Linux growth rate slows in Japan

But still being taken up faster than the market as a whole

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Linux's explosive growth as a server operating system appears to be slowing, at least in Japan. However, it is still growing faster than the market as a whole.

According to IDC Japan's latest stats, for the Japanese server OS arena, Linux will account for 7.8 per cent of the market come the end of 2000. That's due to a 144.4 per cent increase on the number of shrinkwrapped or bundled copies of the open source operating system shipped during the year.

That compares with the 666.3 per cent growth rate Linux saw during 1999, when the OS leapt from 0.7 per cent of the server market at the start of the year to four per cent 12 months later.

The Japanese server market as a whole is set to grow 26.9 per cent this year, IDC reckons, so Linux is clearly steaming ahead even if not quite as fast as before. And last year's explosive growth was more a result of coming from next to nothing than a true measure of increasing interest in its usage, year on year.

During 2000, IDC expects Windows' share to decline by 2.1 per cent, despite strong growth in Windows 2000 sales during the ten months or so it's been on sale in Japan.

Last year, Windows NT took 81.3 per cent of the market. In 2000, NT will account for 60.9 per cent and Windows 2000 18.3 per cent, for a total of 79.2 per cent.

Unix variants will account for 9.4 per cent of the market, down from 10.1 per cent during 1999. Unit sales will increase 17.1 per cent during 2000.

Looking ahead, IDC Japan predicts that the Japanese server OS market will grow by an average of 17.2 per cent between 1999 and 2004. During that time, Linux will grow each year by an average of 69.5 per cent, leading to a marketshare of 25.4 per cent in 2004. ®

Related Story

Linux grows 666 per cent in Japan

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.