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Handheld devices hold the key for Linux

IDC European Unix Research suugests smart handheld and cable TV devices will be the major areas of growth for Linux.

Kirsten Ludvigsen, director of IDC’s European Unix research and author of a recent report on Linux in Western Europe, says, “We believe smart handheld devices and cable TV devices will be the major areas of growth [for Linux] in Western Europe.”

Wider acceptance of Linux, especially in the commercial server space, remains problematic as vendors are awaiting a demand pull from end users before developing solutions and committing to Linux.

“The lack of available applications and perceived lack of service and support offerings are major inhibitors to the market growth,” adds Ludvigsen.

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