They say - there's no such thing as a free lunch. But, Linux and FOSS software can be used to start, run and grow your business for, you guessed it, free. February survey of IT managers by IDC indicated that hard times are accelerating the adoption of Linux. The open source operating system will emerge from the recession in a stronger data center position than before, concluded an IDC white paper. Reducing costs and stronger interoperability with Windows were listed as the two top issues in a new survey of IT managers.
Sun Microsystems, Novell, Microsoft and many more have been down because of bad economy. But, Free software vendor such as Red Hat, IBM and others are doing fine. Here in India, many Government projects and schools found success with Linux. Also, Linux found good successes in emerging economies where Microsoft Windows doesn't already dominate end user computing. The increasing use of Linux as a pre-loaded system on mobile devices is another area where Linux use is likely to grow on.
However, Linux may be free, but you still need to invest in the training and getting involved in the community to get support. What do you thing? Have you found success with Linux in your data center? Please add your thoughts in the comments below.