The number of Linux servers in Govt. offices and many schools is increasing in India. According to the latest issue of Business Week (Oct 2, 2006), Microsoft Corp. had 68% of the erver market vs. Linux’s 21%, compared with 70% for Microsoft and 11% for Linux two years ago. However, the desktop market is dominated by Microsoft (yes for now atleast!). Just 3% of India’s PCs use Linux.
Researcher IDC estimates that the Indian Linux market will grow by 21% annually, to $19.9 million in 2010, mostly for services provided by companies such as Red Hat, IBM, and locals like Wipro and TCS.
I think the article might be going a little too far when it says that “Linux already has a substantial share in the servers market, and if it keeps growing at this rate, then the future generation might not even know what Windows is all about. The consequences a year from now will be worse”.
Linux does have some problems though. For example, in India, software is widely pirated and users generally don’t pay anything for the Windows OS and other applications that they use. So it really doesn’t matter to them whether they are using Linux or Windows. Also, Linux is free, so the consumers don’t really know whom to call for service.
Red Hat and IBM support the software for a fee, but they are having “trouble finding Linux trained engineers in India”.
If you are interested in reading more, take a look at the current issue of Business Week.
You can also take a look at this article.