Gartner Research

Linux Operating System Distributions: Perspective

Published: 17 August 2004

ID: G0090057

Analyst(s): Cynthia R. Lubrano, Mary I. Hubley


Linux is making a substantial impact on the commercial computing market and gaining mainstream acceptance. OEM support of Linux distributions, such as Red Hat and SUSE, has validated the OS in end-user organizations.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Background
    • The Benefits of a Packaged Linux Distribution
    • Common Linux Components
    • Operating Requirements
  • Technology Analysis
    • Support From Major Vendors
    • Striving Toward Consistency and Compatibility
    • What Happened to UnitedLinux?
    • Business Use
  • Technology Leaders
    • The Market Leaders
    • Kinds of Linuxes
    • The Debian Project
    • Mandrakesoft, S.A.
    • Red Hat Software
    • Novell
    • Turbolinux (Corporate Headquarters)
    • Recommended Gartner Research
  • Insight

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