Is Linux a lock to leapfrog Windows and become the replacement for Unix before the end of the decade? It is a possiblity, claims a new research note from the Aberdeen Group.

"Through the efforts of thousands of individuals and many major organizations, Linux is being developed at a faster pace than any other operating system in history," says Bill Claybrook, research director, Linux and open source software at Aberdeen. "This development is being carried out in a very organized manner by many individuals at large companies such as Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, NEC, and SGI, and at many smaller companies like Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, and VA Linux."

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